BSc Medicine, profile Global Health


Program Description

Why is ethnicity important in studying diabetes? What is the risk of tuberculosis these days? What does “Right to Health” mean? What is the effect of poverty on health?

How do you deal with the cultural diversity of patients and colleagues when you are a general practitioner in Amsterdam (160 different nationalities)? How do you adapt treatment and prevention programs to the specific target groups? How do global epidemics influence your work?

In the Global Health learning community, we focus on the major factors that influence the health of individuals and populations worldwide. Their needs cannot be solved via Medicine alone. Therefore, the program also includes an introduction to Finance, Law, Social Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Geopolitics and the work of the United Nations, and others.

The student group will include many nationalities. The language in this community is English. You will have to prove your proficiency in Dutch during the Bachelor phase and might need to learn Dutch before you can enter the Master in Medicine program. Most clinical rotations in the Master phase are in the Netherlands. Yet research placements and some clinical rotations can be performed outside the Netherlands.

We prepare our medical students for work as medical specialists, researchers or health policymakers anywhere in the world.


Year 1

The tasks are related to the themes in the basic program and put clinical knowledge in a global context. The tasks in the LC Global Health consist of an opening seminar introducing the topic, two sessions in small groups with an experienced facilitator and a closing seminar where outcomes of group work are discussed and further elaborated by specialists in the area. In all tasks, students acquire competencies which are relevant for the later performance as a medical doctor, wherever in the world.

Example task Anaemia: Students learn about anemia (lack of red blood cells) in the basic program, and study the causes of anemia as well as the global epidemiology. Causes of genetic origin, infection, nutrition, etc. are explored. In computer labs, students work with models to experiment with statistics and epidemiology (which constitute the basis of evidence-based medicine). Students learn how to find and interpret medical literature. With the knowledge gained students are able to describe in a short paper how serious the problems of anemia are in countries, and which health programs can be undertaken to reduce the problem.

Example task HIV/AIDS: Students analyze a series of blogs by persons living with HIV/AIDS. This gives them insight into how people acquired HIV and which medical, mental and social challenges they encountered living with the disease. In seminars experts in HIV with worldwide experience share their experiences in providing care for patients and discuss challenges for compliance to therapy, side effects of treatment, pregnancy or personal relations. Based on acquired communication skills students produce a video-message for a person living with HIV/AIDS, which is presented to HIV- and communication specialists.


During the Bachelor's program, students first become familiar with basic medical disciplines such as Anatomy; Biochemistry; Physiology and Neurosciences. In the second and third years, the focus is on clusters of related diseases or conditions.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional
  • For an average of 10 weeks

Entry requirements

Admission requirements

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previous education For international students to be eligible to the program you must have attained the necessary qualifications for admittance into a Bachelor's in Medicine program in your own country; your secondary education must be comparable to Dutch VWO diploma and include qualifications in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics + English.
other admission requirements Please note: Studielink only knows geneeskunde (=Dutch for Medicine). Please select Geneeskunde in Studielink as the degree you want to apply for. We will ask you in a later stadium in which learning community you want to participate in.

Language requirements

Exam Minimum score
IELTS overall band 6.5
TOEFL paper-based 580
TOEFL computer-based 237
TOEFL internet-based 80

Numerus Fixus

This program has a numerus fixus with a maximum of 120 attendees a year.

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
Dutch students 15 January 2021 01 September 2021
EU/EEA students 15 January 2021 01 September 2021
non-EU/EEA students 15 January 2021 01 September 2021

Tuition fees

Nationality Year Fee Program form
EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 2143 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 32000 full-time

The Dutch government intends to halve the statutory tuition fees for specific groups of first-year bachelor's students starting from the 2018/19 academic year.

Job prospects

After receiving your Master's degree you can pursue a career in global health or a different field in Medicine. You can work in a hospital to become a medical specialist or find a job as a researcher, teacher or policy advisor.

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The University of Groningen has a rich academic tradition dating back to 1614. From this tradition arose the first female student and the first female lecturer in the Netherlands, the first Dutch astr ... Read More

The University of Groningen has a rich academic tradition dating back to 1614. From this tradition arose the first female student and the first female lecturer in the Netherlands, the first Dutch astronaut and the first president of the European Central Bank. Geographically, the University is rooted in the Northern part of the Netherlands, a region very close to its heart. Read less
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