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Course structure

This course offers a brief overview of the principles of medical peace work in the context of global health. Medical peace work is not a medical specialty (like cardiology or surgery) but rather a way to prevent violence and practice peace which is relevant for all healthcare practitioners. You will be taught by experts in the theory, field work, and advocacy aspects of medical peace work.

The course is divided into three weeks:

  • Week 1: Crisis at the district hospital
  • Week 2: Nuclear weapons
  • Week 3: Climate change and health

Each topic requires around 3 hours of study (9 hours in total). Depending on your interests and experience, you may spend more or less time on a given topic. We will help you make connections between the three topics and understand them within the framework of medical peace work.

The weeks are separated into 15-20 short steps. You can choose to study all the steps in a single sitting, or work through 2-3 steps in 15 minute sessions, or spread them over a few evenings.


We’ve created a glossary explaining terms relevant for medical peace work. You’ll find the document at the “downloads” section below, and we’ll link to it throughout the course.

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Global Health, Conflict and Violence

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