Courses and activities


The BIGH programme consists on courses, workshops, seminars, and student driven activities. Students will start with level 2 courses, and then deepen their knowledge with level 3-4 courses, workshops, and seminars.

The BIGH programme will have two facets; one focusing on Global Health, and one focusing on Infection Biology. The BIGH programme includes compulsory, core courses, and elective courses. Students will have core courses that are relevant in both profiles, core courses shared by both profiles, and more advanced courses that are specific for each profile (For complete descriptions see Attachments). 

Table 1. Common and specific core courses for both profiles.

The core courses in the Global Health profile will provide an overview of the major Global Health problems around the World. These courses include: 1. Core concepts in Global Health and Global Burden of Disease (1.5 credits), 2. Field methods in Global Health (3 credits), and 3. Health policy and financing (4.5 credits).


The shared core courses deal with the key concepts of the major global and emerging infectious diseases.  HIV, malaria, tuberculosis, dengue, ebola, influenza, etc. are covered extensively from cell to society.

The Infection Biology profile core courses provide an overview of the different microbes and their role in diseases. These courses include: 1. Cellular and molecular biology (3hp) which is offered in the fall terms and 2. Clinical immunology in infectious diseases with is offered in the spring term.

  • Courses, workshops, seminars 2016 Global health track
  • Courses, workshops, seminars 2016 Infectious Biology track

Courses During 2018

2674. Practical approaches to qualitative research based on blended learning (7.5 credits)

Benefits of taking this course! Qualitative research is a powerful widely used methodology that allows researchers to understand why and how an event occurs in a given context. However, many health scientists are unfamiliar with the theories and methods used in qualitative research. This course will contribute to fill this knowledge gap by allowing the participants to acquire practical skills to design, conduct, analyze and report qualitative studies. At the end of the course the students will: Design a qualitative study including selecting the appropriate sampling procedure and data collection methods, develop the data instruments, conduct the fieldwork, analyze the data, write up the findings, and critically discuss other´s qualitative research.
Teaching and learning activities: Weekly online-lectures plus self-study and face-to-face practical sessions. Practical session will be conducted face-to-face where theoretical and practical training will be provided in the three dominant data collection methods.

Where? Online! When? 2018/08  /27—2018/11/16. Week practical session: October 1st-5th 2018, Stockholm.


3069. Global Sexual and Reproductive Health: Basic Concepts and State of the Art (3 credits).

Benefits of taking this course! This course will provide participants with the theoretical tools to review and carry out research in SRH. Online lectures and readings will take place before the on campus week and an assignment given to all students at the beginning of the course and submitted at the end of the course. At the end of the course the students will: Describe core concepts of reproduction, maternal mortality and morbidity, understand sexuality and reproduction, show knowledge of how socio political/economical/ethical factors influence SRH, utilize/analyze/interpret data and measurements in SRH and have knowledge regarding state of the art in SRH.  

Teaching and learning activities: Online lectures and readings will take place before the on campus week and an assignment given to all students at the beginning of the course and submitted at the end of the course. The course will use interactive lectures, seminars, practical exercises and projects.

Where? Solna campus Stockholm and Uppsala      When? 2018/10/08-2018/11/09


2917. Pragmatic randomized controlled trials in healthcare (4.5 credits)

Benefits of taking this course! This course will enable students to learn about the key elements of a randomized controlled trial (RCT), what a pragmatic trial is, why it is relevant, how to develop a protocol for a pragmatic RCT, issues in the conduct of an RCT, from writing up the protocol to trial close out. The course is particularly useful for those students with an interest in evaluating pragmatic interventions in healthcare using a randomized trial design and those interested in trials from an epidemiological method perspective. At the end of the course the students will: Understand the continuum from explanatory to pragmatic randomized trials, understand what makes a trial pragmatic and the relevance of pragmatic trials, know the CONSORT criteria for reporting of pragmatic randomized trials and design a pragmatic trial protocol (recruitment strategies, randomization, quality control, management process, etc.)

Teaching and learning activities: The course is a combination of classroom and online teaching/learning. The course runs for 6 weeks at 50% pace (equivalent to 3 weeks of full time work). There will be one contact session at the beginning of each week for 2.5 hours. The online part of the course is hosted on an Edx platform which each student will have access to. The platform contains lectures, reading material, and exercise as formative assessment. In addition students will have access to a discussion forum to interact and learn from each other by posting questions and having discussions around topics of relevance as they work through the course. The tutor may also interact on some threads.

Where? Solna campus Stockholm   When? 2018/10/22—2018/12/03


1846. Improving drug use, especially antibiotics (1.5 credits)

Benefits of taking this course! This course will help participants to understand, discuss and apply key concepts on medicine use, especially antibiotics, and antibiotic resistance from a global health perspective. In addition, participants will have opportunities to further develop their skills for communicating science and networking in multicultural and multidisciplinary contexts.At the end of the course the students will: appraise that medicinal drugs are one of the main technologies used within the health care system and are also widely used for self-medication/home treatment, analyze factors affecting antibiotic use and resistance, evaluate different methods to improve use of medicines, and in particular antibiotics.

Teaching and learning activities: This blended learning course will be held using the learning platforms Ping Pong and Adobe Connect. Learning activities include synchronous (i.e. real time, on campus) and asynchronous (video recorded, online) lectures, seminars and group work. The course is extend over 2-3weeks but is equivalent to one week fulltime.

Where? Solna campus Stockholm When? 2018/09/12-2018/09/19

Course Code and Title Dates
2917 Pragmatic randomized controlled trials 4,5 2018/10/22 to 2018/12/03
1846 Improving drug use, especially antibiotics 2018/09/12 to 2018/09/19
2674 Practical approaches to qualitative research in global health - based on blended learning 2018/08 /27 to 2018/11/16
2176 Cellular and molecular infection biology 2018-11-26 to 2018-12-07
1472 Infections in the tropics 2018-10-17 to 2018-12-14
1832 Clinical Immunology in Infectious Diseases 3hp  
2523 Omics data analysis: from quantitative data to biologic information 3 hp 2018-11-05 to 2018-11-16
2522 Mass spectrometry-based proteomics: When and How 3 hp  2018-10-08 to 2018-10-19
2821 Biomedical Ecology - The microbiota in health and disease hp  2018-09-17 to 2018-09-21
2522 Mass spectrometry-based proteomics: When and How 2018-10-08 to 2018-10-19
2523 Omics data analysis: From quantitative data to biological information 2018-11-05 to 2018-11-16

Other activities

The BIGH programme will incorporate research training in Global Health and Infection Biology in the form of seminars, discussion workshops and residential workshops both for doctoral students and supervisors.