Registration open for the new online course Interprofessional approach to refugee health

Online course (April 11 – June 19, 2023)

Delivered by partners in the Erasmus+ Persons with Refugee Experience Education Project – Interprofessional (PREP IP)

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In this free online 10-week course learners examine interprofessional approach to refugee health, by focusing on health and rehabilitation challenges caused by forced migrations globally. The course reviews health, political, environmental, social, technological, legal, and environmental causes and consequences of this phenomenon. It deepens learners’ understanding of diverse aspects and challenges to refugee health including both physical and mental health. It prepares learners for interprofessional collaboration to address these challenges within different contexts and systems while upholding human rights and promoting equity and inclusion of refugees.

  • 11 April – 19 June 2023, 10 weeks, five modules
  • Combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning activities
  • Live sessions, every Tuesday, 13.00 – 14.30 Central European Time
  • Open to students and practitioners in health and social care disciplines


Module Descriptions

Module 1: Global migrations, person with refugee experience and refugee health through interprofessional collaboration

 This module aims to provide a general overview of the theoretical content related to refugees by highlighting the unique conditions that refugees experience. Additionally, the module will explore how healthcare professionals address the specific needs and challenges of refugees, all within the context of the basic human rights concept. The module will cover key theoretical concepts, explore case studies, and offer practical guidance on providing adequate care to refugees. By the end of this module, learners will have gained a deeper understanding of the complex challenges facing refugees and the critical role that healthcare professionals play in meeting their unique needs.

Center for Migration Health (CMH): Egil Kaberuka Nielsen, Rolf Vårdal, Huseyin Emlik, Aleksander Bergli

 Module 2: Refugee experience in a new health and social context

This module will focus on exploring and recognizing the individuality and unique experiences of people with refugee experience. It will cover strategies that health professionals can use to identify and respond to the specific needs and preferences of people using their services. The module will highlight the importance of continual learning in this area of practice and how critical reflection and appraisal of one’s practice and outcomes are key components to ensure effective practice now and in the future. The concepts of person-centered practice and creating therapeutic space are explored and how these approaches can be practically implemented by different professions working collaboratively in providing services for people with refugee experience.

Trinity College Dublin: Emer McGowan, Sarah Quinn

Module 3: Interprofessional and intersectoral collaboration and refugee health

This module introduces theoretical and practical aspects of working collaboratively with persons with refugee experiences and professionals across disciplines, professions and sectors. It focuses on relationship building, communication and collaboration as foundations for quality health services while supporting persons with refugee experiences to access the care they need within and beyond the health systems.

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences: Yaliso Yaya Bala, Merethe Hustoft, Djenana Jalovcic, Michel Landry, Mohammad Ali Farhat

Independent Doctors Association: Esra Alagoz

Module 4: Respecting diversity in society and in healthcare: Implications for interprofessional collaboration in refugee health

This module will look at diversity-sensitive interprofessional services for persons with refugee experience as a response to increasing societal diversity and the associated demands for equal health opportunities. It will introduce relevant key concepts such as culture, diversity, intersectionality and racism. The module will cover essential aspects of culturally responsive practice and strategies for successful cross-cultural communication, questions of interprofessional ethical practice in refugee health and possibilities of professionals to contribute to advocacy and empowerment in the field of refugee health.

HAWK University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hildesheim/Holzminden/Göttingen: Franziska Grünberg-Lemli, Sandra Schiller, Kathrin Weiß

Module 5: Social and occupational determinants of mental health

This module will reflect on how to improve the well-being of the refugee community focusing on its social and occupational determinants. It will introduce relevant concepts, frameworks, and theories related to mental health, and the social and occupational determinants. The module will go in-depth into the social determinants of mental health from the World Health Organization. It will also develop the occupational determinants of mental health, developing concepts such as occupational justice. Work and social entrepreneurship will be developed as important dimensions. The importance of work for migrants and the use of social entrepreneurship to promote employability will be highlighted. Case studies will be presented to illustrate the contents of the module.

Universitat de Vic-Universitat de Central Catalunya, Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing: Salvador Simó