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Course Overview

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.

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

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.

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