General objectives of the seven Medical Peace Work online courses

  • Course 1: Health workers, conflict and peace
    Course 1 is an introduction to Medical Peace Work. It gives you a basic summary of terminology and concepts, and provides an overview of the courses that follow. Some useful peace skills are also presented.
  • Course 2: Medicine, health and human rights
    Course 2 attempts to give you a basic introduction to international humanitarian law, human rights and the ethical codes that regulate the health professions.
    By the end of the course you will be able to recognise situations where health-related human rights are at risk of violation. You should also be able to grasp the idea that health workers have a responsibility to promote and defend the right to health.
  • Course 3: War, weapons and conflict strategies
    Course 3 describes the health effects of war, weapons and strategies of violent conflict. Beginning with weapons of mass destruction it then moves on to other weapons and strategies of war such as the use of landmines and mass rape.
    The course concludes with a number of lessons which give an historical and practical analysis of the response of health professional groups to war and militarisation.
  • Course 4: Structural violence & root causes of violent conflict
    In course 4 you will examine the interconnections between poverty, development and violent conflict.
    You will become familiar with the terminology of development and core issues such as poverty, inequality and health. You will then look at the underlying causes of structural violence at local and global levels and at the relationship between direct violence and a range of economic, social and political issues. You will be given the chance to explore your understanding of these relationships by applying your knowledge to real world case studies of violent conflict. Finally you will analyse possible solutions to the problems of structural and direct violence.
  • Course 5: Peace through Health in violent conflict
    In course 5 you will learn about the relationship between medicine, warfare and militarisation and the nature of medical assistance in times of war and how armed conflict affects the provision of medical aid. You will also learn how health professionals can work to prevent further escalation of violent conflict and promote peace building, trauma healing and reconstruction in a post-war situation.
  • Course 6: Refugee and migration challenges
    In course 6 students will learn about the health and well-being needs of refugees and immigrants. It will create awareness of the psychosocial impacts of violent conflicts and of the journey of exile.
    The course will teach skills in culturally sensitive health care provision and address ethical dilemmas in relation to health and refugee work.
  • Course 7: Prevention of interpersonal & self-directed violence
    In course 7 you will find analysis of the extent and origin of different types of violence, including community violence, domestic violence and suicide. The course will help you describe risk factors and prevention strategies for each of these types of violence.

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