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

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


Caroline Garred

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

M.D. from the University of Copenhagen, 2023. Starting my residency at Department of Cardiology, Hilleroed Hospital soon. Junior researcher at Department of Cardiology, Herlev-Gentofte Hospital. Former DIS Course Assistant for Human Health & Disease. With DIS since 2019.

Anne Maria Brinck

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty, University of Copenhagen, 2021. April 2021 - August 2021 - Resident doctor, Emergency Department, Nykøbing Falster Hospital September 2021 - March 2022 - Resident doctor, Psychiatrich Hospital, Vordingborg April 2022 - December 2022 - Resident doctor, Orthopedic Department, Bispebjerg Hospital November 2021 - now - Consultant MD, Orthopedic Emergency Clinic, Roskilde Hospital. With DIS since 2023.

Anton Peterlin

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

M.D. (University of Copenhagen 2019). Currently second year resident at the Department of Orthopedics, Herlev and Gentofte University Hospital. Previous experience in general practice and Combine Emergency Department, Slagelse Hospital. Previous research in Pathology and Orthopedics. Born and raised in San Francisco, CA. Previously professional footballer in England. Biology Major, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, 2009. With DIS since 2022. 

Magnus Ebbesen

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

M.D. (University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 2021). B.Sc. pre-medical studies, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia PA. USA (class of 2014). Research associate, Cardiology depart., Gentofte hospital. First-aider with Red Cross. Project leader, Danish Heart Association. Counselor at suicide prevention lifeline. Former Human Health and Disease Course Assistant with DIS since 2018.

Josephine Nolte

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

9th semester medical student at University of Copenhagen Medical School. B.Sc. Medicine, University of Copenhagen, 2016. FADL(The Association of Danish Medical Students) nurse assistant since 2014. B.Sc Cell Biology and Neuroscience, Montana State University. With DIS since 2017.

Patrick Terrence Brooks

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

M.D. University of Copenhagen, 2016). BSc in Biology (University of Copenhagen, 2010). Currently doing his 3-year PhD research fellowship at the Department of Clinical Immunology, Rigshospitalet. Previous positions: 4th year of residency/specialization in Clinical Immunology at the Department of Clinical Immunology, Rigshospitalet (2021). Clinical Basic Training (KBU) at the Department of Urology, Zealand University Hospital, Roskilde (2017). Emergency Department, Zealand University Hospital, Køge (2016). Research interests: immunology, stem cells and regenerative medicine. With DIS since 2018.

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.

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.

Niels West

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

PhD and M.D. (University of Copenhagen, 2014) Also researcher at Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Rigshospitalet and Gentofte Hospital. With DIS since 2017.  


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

Lea Rue Honoré

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

M.D. (University of Copenhagen, 2018). Currently residency at the Neurological department, Herlev Hospital. Previous experience with General Practice in Brønshøj and neurology at the Department of Neurology, Rigshospitalet Glostrup. Previous reseach in Autoimmune Hepatitis and Quality of Life at the Department of Hepatology and Gastroenterology, Rigshospitalet. Previous Course Assistant for Human Health & Disease. With DIS since 2017.