Online course

Addressing Violence Through Patient Care

Learn about the vital role that health workers play in violence prevention and peace-building in clinical environments.

Understand the methods and importance of medical peace work

On this course you will learn about some of the key concepts and challenges in the field of medical peace work, particularly the importance of violence prevention and peace practice for healthcare professionals.

You will cover aspects of theory, field work and advocacy focusing on working with domestic violence, refugee healthcare and healing torture victims. In each case you will consider the specific challenges of treating these victims of violence and the role you play in helping them.

What topics will you cover?

1) Three case studies demonstrate how health professionals can:

  • Recognise and respond to domestic violence in clinical practice.
  • Provide appropriate healthcare for refugees.
  • Recognise and help in healing victims of torture.

2) Basic concepts in Medical Peace Work, including:

  • Forms of violence: direct, structural, and cultural
  • Hierarchies of violence: collective, interpersonal, and self-induced
  • Levels of violence: mega, macro, meso, and micro
  • Preventing violence
  • Understanding peace as the negation of violence
  • Risks and limitations of medical peace work

We also offer a course called Global Health, Conflict and Violence which you may be interested in. These courses combined contain material from our previous course Medical Peace Work.

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Who is the course for?

This course has been created for people with some experience in healthcare. It is particularly relevant to clinical healthcare professionals working in medicine, nursing, and allied health.

Who developed the course?

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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