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Global Health

Learn to formulate and study a community health issue. Understand tropical diseases. Health resource allocation. The relationship between health and poverty. Primary health care. And mother-child care. And more!


The program in a nutshell

The first 10 weeks of the program are in Nijmegen. You get to know your classmates and form student teams. Take classes.

You’ll be working in an international and multidisciplinary team. Learn how to communicate clearly. About health vs. poverty. Tropical diseases. Family health issues. Epidemiology.

In the 2nd 10-week period, you travel with a classmate to the work placement country. Conduct fieldwork. Prepare and develop a community-based health promotion project.

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Program details

Learning outcomes

By the end of the Global Health exchange program you can:

  • Formulate and study a public health problem
  • Plan an effective evidence-based intervention
  • Collaborate in a multidisciplinary/intercultural environment
  • Reflect on your own behavior, performance, products
  • Be effective and convincing during presentations
  • Write a structured report on community-based intervention
  • Relate your findings to scientific evidence, community participation


You strengthen these competence areas during the program:

  • Various research methods
  • Behavioral change techniques
  • Multidisciplinary/intercultural collaboration
  • Project management skills
  • Self reflection
  • Effective presentation skills
Students as partners

Dutch way of learning

The atmosphere in a Dutch classroom is quite informal and your lecturers are easy to talk to. In fact, at HAN you’re seen as a partner in the learning process. Class sizes are small and your lecturers encourage you to actively participate in class. To ask questions and give your own opinion. They also stimulate you to be creative and to discover things for yourself.

Orientation week

HAN International Intro

Get a good start to your studies during this week of orientation:

  • learn about living in the Netherlands
  • become familiar with the campus
  • get on board with your exchange program
  • make new friends!
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What about credits and grading?

At HAN we use the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System, or ECTS. It’s the standard credit system used in higher education across Europe. How does it work? One credit = 28 hours of study. Think of contact hours. Time spent working on assignments. Preparing for exams.

One semester = 30 credits = 840 hours of study. To earn credits, you need to pass your exams. What counts as a pass? A grade of at least 5.5.

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What are the admission requirements? And how do I apply?

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