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Education University of Groningen Summer Schools

Decolonizing Global Health

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By Mayra Salazar Volkmann
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By Mayra Salazar Volkmann

Globally, conversations around public and global health are developed based on the knowledge and perspective that is produced by scholars and practitioners from the higher income countries. Traditionally, universities in Western societies are perceived as the gatekeepers of knowledge on health and medicine. On the contrary, Lower and Middle Income countries are predominantly presented and examined as low capacity geographies and the origins of infectious disease.

By Valentina Campos

In this summer school we aim to understand colonialism and its role inshaping health and knowledge creating in global public health. Our lecturers come from different parts of the world and include practitioners and NGO workers, as well as academics.

Our goal is to have participants from different parts of the globe to be able to discuss the importance of contexts, lived experiences and past histories when talking about global health.

By Mayra Salazar Volkmann

We will learn about:

  • Post-colonialism and decolonization in general and its place in the global health
  • Impacts of colonialism on health definitions, health theories, health systems and health practices
  • Health interventions in Low and Middle Income Countries and post-colonial approaches
  • Global health agenda, target setting and post colonialism
  • A vision for hope, a vision for future in global health agenda, teaching, research
Practical information

Dates & location 11 - 16 July 2022, online
Level BA, MA, PhD, researchers, practitioners

Fees are calculated as 1/100th of the GDP per capita in 2019 in $ in the country where the student lives and works, as reported by the World Bank converted in Euros. For help in calculating the fees, please get in touch with us

Fees include remote participation to the summer school (including online social activities) and a copy of the certificate sent to the address indicated by the student


The working language of the summer school is English. However, we have tools that provide simultaneous translations if your competencies are in other languages.

Academic coordinators

Campus Fryslân in Leeuwarden

Organization team in alphabetical order:
Daria Y. Elizarias Veenstra
Amelia Langenohl
Mayra Salazar-Volkmann
Julia Gabriela Strack Diaz
Sepideh Yousefzadeh



This summer school is open to students, academics, practitioners, NGO and field workers with an interest in decolonizing knowledge, approaches and interventions in health and medicine. If you are experienced and knowledgeable in colonial histories, you are also encouraged to apply.

The summer school aims to include individuals with different levels of English, and makes use of online translation tools that could help everyone to listen and participate regardless of their level of the English.

Learning outcomes

After this course you will be able to:

  • Explain and analyse colonial and postcolonial impacts on global health
  • Critically reflect on impacts of colonialism on health agenda (NGO and UN organizations)
  • Discuss examples of colonial or decolonial approaches to global health from different contexts
  • Discuss and contribute to roadmaps to break the colonial cycles in the context of global health
  • Preparation: 4 hours
  • Lectures: 24 hours
  • Extracurricular: 12
  • Presentation: 30 hours (including preparation)

Upon successful completion of the programme, the Summer School offers a Certificate of Attendance that mentions the workload of 70 hours (28 hours corresponds to 1 ECTS). Students can apply for recognition of these credits to the relevant authorities in their home institutions, therefore the final decision on awarding credits is at the discretion of their home institutions. We will be happy to provide any necessary information that might be requested in addition to the certificate of attendance.

Application procedure

To apply, kindly fill out the application form. Please note that you will be asked to upload a CV and a letter of motivation.

The deadline for application is 15 June. Applications will be reviewed after the deadline passed.

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