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Study type: Online

Starts: Anytime

Price: Free


Explore the role of medics and healthcare workers in promoting peace

On this course you will learn about the key principles and different forms of medical peace work in the context of global health, conflict and violence. You will consider the role healthcare workers have to play in the prevention of violence and peace practices.

You will examine scenarios such as working in a conflict zone, nuclear explosions, storms, floods, heatwaves, infectious disease, migration and violent conflict. In each case you will consider the effects of these on global health.

What topics will you cover?

1) Animated stories to illustrate the effects of personal and structural violence in global health:

  • Working in a conflict zone
  • Responding to a nuclear explosion
  • Preparing for the health effects of climate change

2) Basic concepts of medical peace work:

  • The forms that violence can take: direct, structural, and cultural
  • The hierarchies of violence: collective, interpersonal, and self-induced
  • The levels at which violence takes place: mega, macro, meso, and micro
  • How to prevent all these forms of violence

We also offer a course called Addressing Violence Through Patient Care which you may be interested in. Both of these courses contain material from our previous course entitled Medical Peace Work.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

  • Available now

Who is the course for?

This course is for global health professionals as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students in healthcare professions (medicine, nursing, allied and public health) and global health and development studies.

Who developed the course?

University of Bergen

The University of Bergen (UiB) offers first-class education and cutting-edge research at our location in the city centre of Bergen, Norway.