GH Courses 2014

Two Global Health –courses were held in August, 2014: in the Philippines and in Tanzania. The course in the Philippines mainly took place in Manila and it was organized by Community Oriented Medical Unit, University of the Philippines Manila. The Tanzanian course was mostly held in Dar es Salaam and was organized by School of Public Health, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences.

Both courses had 34 participants: 13 from the organizing country, 12 from Finland and 3 from each of the non-organising partner countries (Tanzania or the Philippines + Chile and Nepal). The courses took four weeks and they included both classroom teaching and field visits.

Information of the applicants from Finland:

Who was able to apply?
Eligible Finnish applicants came from medical, dentistry or veterinary background. Students of these fields were able to apply if they had completed minimum of four years of studies before the course. The course was open for professionals in various stages of their careers and thus medical doctors, dentists and veterinarians with extensive experience from their field were also welcomed to apply.

The application form was filled in using English. The form included the following attachments: CV (max 3 pages), motivation letter (1 page), study transcript/certificate of attendance OR graduation certificate. Student selection criteria included (but were not limited to): professional experience of the applicant, activity in relevant NGO’s or associations, international experience, motivation and language skills. The aim was to get a multi-disciplinary group with professionals from different backgrounds and fields. The selection committee received many application. Thus entry to the course was competitive and a well-written and completed application was an absolute must.

How much did it cost?
The course fee for Finnish participants was 350 euros and had to be paid during February 2014. Additionally, Finnish participants organized and paid for their own travel to the course location, visa, vaccinations, possible malaria prophylaxis and daily costs at the course location. The course fee covered teaching, study material and accommodation.