In August 2016 the Institute of Public Health, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, the Centre Virchow-Villermé and Chiba University from Japan jointly organized a summer school in Berlin about global health interventions in local contexts. Lecturers like Gaya Manori Gamhewage from the WHO, Geneva; Tim Eckmanns from the Robert-Koch- Institut, Germany; Judith Mueller from Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Santé Publique (EHESP) in France, Prof. Emiko Todaka from Chiba University and WHO; Prof. Chikako Ozawade Silva from the University of Atlanta, USA; Dr. Christine Holmberg, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Prof. Paul Greenough, University of Iowa, USA and Prof. Stuart Blume, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands explicated social and cultural factors that need to be evaluated and considered when thinking about global health interventions in local contexts.
This summer school particularly enabled students to understand culture as tacit knowledge that underlies all behaviours, including both the beneficiaries of global health interventions and the knowledge- making and intervention-designing health professionals.
The course guided students to critically reflect the assumptions and tools used in public and global health and to understand the possible implications of the paradigms underlying global health.
In 2017 the Institute of Public Health, to which the Berlin Centre Virchow-Villermé belongs, is organizing two intensive short courses with methodical focus:
Score-based Methods to Control for Confounding with Prof. Tobias Kurth, Institut of Public Health, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin and Advanced Epidemiologic Methods with Prof. Matthew Fox, DSc, Boston University, School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology and Center for Global Health & Development.