Arctic Medicine

An introduction to Arctic Medicine directed towards public health and prevention. In particular, exposure to environmental and lifestyle factors and the significance of prospective climate changes. An introduction to internship in Greenland. The course includes a 1-week course in International Health and Tropical Medicine.

In addition to general introduction, the course covers the following topics:

  • Anthropology, ethnology and the Inuit
  • Genetics and Inuits
  • Introduction to public health in Greenland
  • Greenland’s Health Service; public health and social aspects
  • Infectious diseases and infections versus the immune system in the Arctic
  • Infections of the middle ear in the Arctic
  • Asthma and allergy in Greenland
  • Endocrinology
  • Obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease in the Arctic
  • Food-borne infectious diseases in the Arctic
  • Environmental contaminants – biomonitoring in Greenland
  • Diet, nutrition and dietary guidelines in the Arctic
  • Human reproduction in the Arctic
  • Health status goals and economics in Greenland and Denmark 
  • International Health and Tropical Medicine (a global perspective of infectious diseases)


NOTE: the language of instruction can also be English, if required

Course details

Academic level(s)Master
Language of instruction
InstitutionAarhus University
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ECTS credits5.0
Field schoolNo
Fields of studyHealth (others)
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