Health systems and health in developing Asia: India, China, and North Korea

Health systems and health in developing Asia: India, China, and North Korea (3-4 ECTS)

Level: Master’s level

Language: English

Time: Spring term 2020

Organizer: University of Tampere and University of Turku. Arranged in cooperation with Engage Korea.

General description

This course introduces students to current public health issues in developing Asia. Scholars and health practitioners discuss case studies from India, China, and North Korea.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course students will be able to discuss current health issues in Asia combining theoretical knowledge and insights from the case studies.

Students participating in the optional module will gain further insights into cooperation and engagement with North Korea in the health sector.


Approximately 60% of the world’s population lives in Asia. Many Asian countries are rapidly developing, bringing with them a host of opportunities and challenges. This course presents the main health challenges in Asia, that are also global issues – using different Asian countries as case examples. The countries focused on include India and China, with a special focus on North Korea. Among others, the issues introduced in this course include health professional training; water, sanitation and hygiene; pollution; and antibiotic resistance.

Taken as

Online lectures, reading materials and a learning diary.

Application period:   Application period for next course November 4-24, 2019. Go to application instructions. This course has a maximum intake of 60 students. Students are selected in the order of application. The places are divided evenly between the member universities. Some universities may define quotas on the number of students who can take courses offered by the Asia Network. Information about the quotas is published before the application periods start.

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