Human Health and Disease: A Clinical ApproachSemester Course

Medical Practice & Policy
Week-Long Study Tour
Helsinki-Tallinn or Krakow-Prague or Berlin-Poznan or Budapest-Vienna
Core Course Week Study Tour
Major Discipline(s)
Biology, Pre-Medicine / Health Science, Public Health
Core Course
Fall/Spring semester

Note: For fall 2021, the long Study Tour destinations have been narrowed to one country only. For more information please check the specific course syllabi.

This course offers an introduction to the most important human diseases, their diagnoses and treatments, and to the clinical practice of physicians at Danish university hospitals. You are taught at Copenhagen university hospitals by practicing physicians.

Note: Please be aware that the course does not provide regular medical training corresponding to that of medical students and does not include shadowing of doctors or physical examination of patients.

Many students tell me that by the end of the semester this experiential learning experience, they become certain whether or not to attend medical school. One of my goals is to facilitate this thought process, helping them each to discover whether medical school is right for them.

Troels Wesenberg Kjær, M.D., Ph.D., DIS Faculty & Chief Physician in Clinical Neurophysiology, National University Hospital


Rahim Naimi

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

M.D. (University of Copenhagen, 2012), Department of Gastroenterology and Endocrinology, Bispebjerg Hospital (Copenhagen University Hospital). With DIS since 2012.


Johanna Eliasson

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

M.D. (University of Copenhagen, 2016). Ph.D. student at the Department of Gastroenterology, Rigshospitalet (Copenhagen University Hospital). Previous employment at the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Rigshospitalet (Copenhagen University Hospital), Department of Emergency Medicine, Holbæk Hospital and Department of Internal Medicine, Holbæk Hospital. With DIS since 2018.  

Patrick Terrence Brooks

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

M.D. (University of Copenhagen, 2016). BSc in Biology (University of Copenhagen, 2010). Department of Clinical Immunology, Rigshospitalet (2018). Previous positions: Department of Urology, Zealand University Hospital, Roskilde (2017). Emergency Department, Zealand University Hospital, Køge (2016). Research interests: stem cells and regenerative medicine. With DIS since 2018.

Lasse Knudsen

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

M.D. (University of Copenhagen, 2019). DIS Course Assistant 2016. Department of psychiatry, Skt Hans Hospital, 2019. Emergency Department, Køge Hospital, 2019. With DIS Since 2016.

Pernille Emilie Petersen

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

M.D. (University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 2017), Registrar, Department of Endocrinology, Bispebjerg-Frederiksberg Hospitals since 2017. Resident supervisor. With DIS since 2019.

Pernille Petersen

Dina Leth Møller

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

M.D. (University of Copenhagen, 2019). Ph.D. student at the Department for Infectious Diseases, Rigshospitalet, investigating the immune function in patients receiving solid organ transplantation. Former researcher at the Department of Pediatrics and the Institute of Inflammation Research, Rigshospitalet. DIS Course Assistant for Human Health & Disease. With DIS since 2017.

Niels West

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

M.D. (University of Copenhagen, 2014) and researcher at Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Rigshospitalet and Gentofte Hospital. With DIS since 2016.  


Nicklas Järvelä Johansen

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

M.D. (University of Copenhagen, 2015) and clinical researcher at Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen. With DIS since 2018.