Understand the role of medical peace work, and consider the role of healthcare workers in times of conflict and violence.
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?
- 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
- 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?
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What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to:
- Discuss various definitions of the concepts of violence, conflict and peace, and their relationship to health professions.
- Describe the types of medical peace work that health care professionals can participate in globally and locally.
- Evaluate and respond to various forms of violence in health practice.
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 will you learn with?
Ingvild Fossgard Sandøy
Professor of Public Health at the University of Bergen. Research interests: sexual and reproductive health; interpersonal violence. Teaching: Public Health, Medical Peace work, Epidemiology.
Deputy Chief Medical Officer in the City of Bergen, Norway. Speciality: Community medicine. Doctorate: Occupational medicine. Master's degree: Peace and conflict transformation. Coordinator of MPW3.
I teach courses on global health and sustainability at several institutions, including Queen Mary University of London, the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare (UK) and Azim Premji University (India).
Who developed this 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.
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