MD3003 - Summer School in Global Health in Nepal


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment and supervised training
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Supervised training

Course content

Common causes of infectious diseases in Nepal (with special reference to typhoid fever): This topic will be taught in lectures, clinical case discussions about fever and differential diagnosis, and be the focus on ward rounds in medical department. Common surgical presentations of infectious diseases like typhoid, worm infestations that leads to intestinal obstruction, and peritonitis will be discussed in lectures, ward rounds and case discussions at surgical department. Tuberculosis will be discussed both under the heading infectious diseases but also under the heading respiratory diseases and separately in relation to management in public health care. Tuberculosis in different organs will be mentioned related to the organ taught. Non-communicable diseases will have the main focus on cardiovascular disease which will be taught as lectures and as cases in ward rounds. Rheumatic heart disease will be mentioned separately with case demonstrations. Mental health problems in Nepal with a focus on poisoning will be taught in lectures and during an out-patient visit. Childhood diseases will have a main focus on infections like diarrhea, helmintic infestations, hepatitis, neurocystocercosis, but also on malnutrition and jaundice. Lectures, case discussions and ward rounds will discuss these problems but also give a wider picture of childhood diseases. Orthopedic surgery and traumatology will be covered through lectures, case presentations and ward rounds. There will be a focus on late presentation of trauma cases and complications after traumas but also bone and joint infections like tuberculosis. Reproductive health issues will be taught through lectures, ward round and case presentations. A focus will be on obstetric problems included maternal mortality, prolapse will be mentioned as a case. There will be classes and out- patient clinics on ENT problems, skin problems with a focus on leprosy, and ophthalmology. General/public health included rural health will be covered through a mixture of lectures and visits to governmental health posts, schools and a rural out-clinic. Culture and poverty related problems will be included in these activities but also mentioned separately.

Learning outcome

The overall objective is to give the students an experience of health care and health challenges in a low income country, in this case Nepal, and how the socioeconomic level of the country and it`s inhabitants affects health care and disease . Describe the epidemiology, clinical features and possible investigations for the most common/important infectious diseases in Nepal. Describe the epidemiology, clinical features and possible investigations for the most common/important childhood diseases in Nepal. Describe the epidemiology, clinical features and possible investigations for the most common/important diseases and challenges related to reproductive health in Nepal. Describe the most common accidents/traumas and intoxications and the background for them. Describe the most common/important non-communicable diseases, included mental health, and the background for them. Describe how socioeconomic status and cultural traditions affects diseases and health related behavior. Describe how the political/developmental situation and the country`s economic level affects health and health care with Nepal as a case.

Learning methods and activities

The students will visit Nepal, live in a small guest house and take part in the hospital activities on a daily basis. At the hospital the students will take part in meetings, ward rounds, and watch operations and patient examinations in different hospital departments. They will also be offered to follow on-call doctors at different departments and in the emergency room. A two day visit to an”out-clinic” is part of the programme and during this journey the students will also visit governmental health posts, schools and development projects. The main topics will be covered by lectures.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Medical studies (CMED)
Miscellaneous Courses - Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (EMNE/MH)

Required previous knowledge

The students must have completed three years of medical studies prior to the summer school in Nepal.

Course materials

"Global Health. An introductory textbook" Ann Lindstrand et al.

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Version: 1
Credits:  4.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2022

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Medicine
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences


Examination arrangement: Assignment and supervised training

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Assignment
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Supervised training
Room Building Number of candidates
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