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New MPW online course starting May 1st – please sign up now!

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New MPW online course starting May 1st – please sign up now!
by Klaus Melf - Thursday, 20 April 2017, 3:18 PM

Understand the role of healthcare in maintaining and building peaceful societies

In collaboration with the University of Bergen (Norway), the European Medical Peace Work partnership offers a new online course in form of a MOOC (massive open online course).

This MOOC is built on the FutureLearn plattform and is conducted in a moderated version over a period of six week (2 hours per week).

Starting date: May 1st, 2017

Workload: 12 hours.

Trailer Medical Peace Work MOOC

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About the course

Violence affects health in multiple ways. Medical peace work is an important and emerging field of expertise in health, violence prevention, and peace-building. This course introduces you to some of the key concepts, opportunities and dilemmas in the field through six case studies on causes, responses, roles, and duties of healthcare practitioners in dealing with violence and building peaceful societies.

Six case studies cover the following topics:

  • Conflict-sensitive peace-health work in war and post-war areas

  • Preventing and addressing domestic violence

  • Providing adequate and equitable healthcare for refugees

  • Recognising and healing the effects of torture

  • Responding to a nuclear explosion

  • Preparing for the health effects of climate change

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Discuss definitions of peace, conflict, and violence and their relationship to the health professions

  • Understand the different types of medical peace work that health care professionals can participate in globally and locally

  • Recognise and respond to various forms of violence in health practice

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