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The first ever Global Health Summer School at King's

Summer, London, international students and global health: what a scintillating combination! 16 students from around the world and from disciplines as varied as engineering, journalism, anthropology and health came together for 3 weeks at the King’s Strand Campus to enjoy an intensive course introducing key global health concepts under the leadership of Dr Karolina Tuomisto and Mr Andy Leather. The group sat in on lectures from a multidisciplinary faculty, worked in groups to produce professional global health posters on themes such as child development, access to medicines and refugee camps, discussed how to turn health financing research into policy in India and played a game to better understand how the world economy and trade relations – including their inequalities and injustice - work.

Various innovative educational methods were used, including photography and observation outside the classroom, and the content was spiced up by a guided tour of Parliament, where students learned more about policy making in Britain. As an educational experiment, lectures were given by experienced senior faculty, but a lot of the group work and tutorials were designed and led by Global Health BSc alumni from within King’s. This was also the first time the Centre has organised a Global Health course for a multidisciplinary and international group of students, and its success confirms the need for more international and interdisciplinary interaction in teaching global health.

According to the feedback, students were inspired and enjoyed the course greatly: especially its interactive and informal environment combined with strong learning objectives and good speakers. Most of the students felt their world view had changed and that they had gained a greater perspective into reading global news, following research and understanding sickness and disease.

Staff at the Centre are already looking forward to organising the next course in summer 2013!