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Education University of Groningen Summer Schools

Health Inequalities & what to do about them

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The summer school Health Inequalities & What to do about them? is a multidisciplinary summer school which combines the expertise of various expertise centres in the field of health. Led by experts from 6 participating faculties (Behavioural and Social Sciences, Arts, Medical Sciences & Dentistry, Law, Theology & Religious, Economics & Business), this unique programme consists of 5 modules which can be followed separately or as a 5-week course.

The summer school is centred around the question of what we can and should do about health inequalities. Without pretending to completely solve the problem, the course offers multidisciplinary tools for working towards solutions. This includes a study of health inequalities defined by demographic transitions, a focus on socio-economic disadvantages (also in terms of opportunities), the question of how the law can work towards equality, as well as – on a meta level – questions on what entails ‘good’ health and how it is historically and philosophically related to poverty.

The summer school is built on the idea that the problem of health inequalities is a ‘wicked’ and therefore interdisciplinary problem. It follows that ‘complexity thinking’ – involving interdisciplinary approaches and stakeholders – is crucial to the course. We not only welcome students from different fields of expertise, we also want to challenge and encourage them to think critically and consider approaches that go beyond their own academic framework. Students from various backgrounds are challenged to look beyond their academic background and analyse variations of strategies to their problem analysis.

This programme offers a chance to connect with peers during the educational programme as well as during the many social activities that will be organised.

Practical information

You can join one, multiple or all of the five modules that all center around the topic of health inequalities. For more details about each of the modules, please see the specific pages.

If you have any questions about the summer school, please contact


Full programme (5 modules)

€ 2500
€ 2000 (for students from partner universities)
€ 1500 (for students from University of Groningen)

One module

€ 500
€ 400 (for students from partner universities)
€ 300 (for students from University of Groningen)

Partner universities

European partner universities

  • Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg
  • University of Hamburg
  • University of Copenhagen

Non-European partner universities

  • Stellenbosch University
  • Nanyang Technological University
  • Osaka University
  • Universitas Gadjah Mada
  • Universidad de Antioquia
  • Universidad de Chile
  • Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
  • Universidade de São Paulo
  • Macquarie University

Learning outcomes

After this course, you will be able to:


  • Apply the 6 steps of the Regulative Cycle to lower problematic inequalities in health
  • Apply discipline specific methods


  • Work in small work and feedback groups on ideas and on the paper
  • Write a coherent paper about (lowering) problematic inequalities in health


  • Recognize multidisciplinary perspectives on problematic inequalities in health
  • Take into account multidisciplinary perspectives on problematic inequalities in health


  • Detect inequalities in health
  • Analyse the problems of inequalities in health
  • Analyse the causes of problematic inequalities in health
  • Apply theories, models or concepts to causes and solution of problematic inequalities in health
  • Analyse the possible solutions to problematic inequalities in health
  • Design an intervention to lower problematic inequalities in health
  • Design the implementation of the intervention to lower problematic inequalities in health
  • Design an evaluation of the effects of the intervention on problematic inequalities in health
Continuous learning path

Continuous Learning Path (Prof Arie Dijkstra)

To give students who follow the full 5-week programme a hands-on reflection tool to the things they will be learning during the weeks, every week will start and end with the continuous learning path. This will be considered as the teaching and reflection tool to be helpful for the students to see this modular summer school weeks as one summer school and diminish difference between those weeks.

Regulatory cycle

  1. What is the problem?
  2. What are the causes of the problem?
  3. What are the possible solutions?
  4. How to develop the optimal intervention?
  5. How to implement the intervention?
  6. What are the effects of the intervention?

Advanced undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students (PhDs, post-docs) as well as practitioners and researchers with an interest in the health inequalities; all disciplines are welcome!

It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English language to actively participate in the discussions and to present their own work in English.


Upon request, we can arrange accommoation for the participants of the full 5-week summer school. More information will follow soon.

Application procedure

The deadline for applications is 15 May 2022. We are no longer accepting applications.

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