Welcome to the Medical Peace Work online courses!

On this website, you will find information on the different types of MPW courses which can be accessed in the form of Moodle, as e-books, as well as on MOOC, all of which can be found on this website. 

For whom?

The seven Medical Peace Work courses are an introduction in violence prevention and peace building for doctors, nurses, public health workers, mental health practitioners, other health professionals, as well as students in these fields.

In particular it is meant for those who

  • want to strengthen their peace and conflict competencies.
  • intend to work for humanitarian, development, human rights, or medical peace organizations abroad or at home.
  • want to improve health outcomes for their patients and communities in violence-prone settings.


When you have finished these courses you should be able to

  • apply a public health approach to war and other forms of violence.
  • demonstrate knowledge about the health impact of direct and structural violence on individuals and societies.
  • highlight the range of different ways in which health care workers can contribute to the reduction of peace deficits.
  • identify health professionals’ own peace qualities and demonstrate awareness of other useful peace skills.
  • recognize and exploit opportunities for violence prevention and peace promotion at your workplace and in clinical practice.

What do they consist of?

The Medical Peace Work online courses are self-running and multi-media e-learning tools. The content is presented in seven different courses, divided into 21 chapters. Each chapter consists of the following components:

  • textbook lessons to help you acquire deeper knowledge
  • standardized questions which test if you have reached the lessons' objectives
  • problem-based e-learning case which apply the theory you have learnt in the textbook lessons to practical examples.

Estimated workload for one course is about 6-10 hours.

Course 1 gives you an introduction to the Medical Peace Work framework and relevant concepts for the other courses. We recommend therefore going through this course first. However, the MPW courses can be completed in any order.

Course login

Log in here to the 2nd edition of the MPW online courses.


Before you start the courses, you should make sure that you have

  • read the course information on this website.
  • one of the following web browsers: Firefox 3+, Safari 4+, or Internet Explorer 7+.
  • a good broadband internet connection as the courses include sound and film material.
  • a loudspeaker or headset
  • the latest version of Adobe Flash Player which can be downloaded from: http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/ 

A European Partnership

The Medical Peace Work project is funded with support from the European Commission.