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Medical Peace Work

Learn about the vital role healthcare plays in violence prevention and peace-building both globally and locally

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  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

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  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Medical Peace Work

Why join the course?

How do we heal the effects of torture, domestic violence, and humanitarian conflict? How can we address big picture causes of ill health such as the refugee crisis, nuclear weapons and climate change? Get answers with this course on Medical Peace Work, an emerging field of expertise in health, violence prevention, and peace-building.

The course will introduce you to some of the key concepts, opportunities and dilemmas in medical peace work through six case studies on the causes, responses, roles, and duties of healthcare practitioners in dealing with violence and building peaceful societies.

Skip to 0 minutes and 8 seconds"A bomb blast at the district hospital this morning has left between 10 and 20 people injured. The explosion happened at dawn, damaging the hospital kitchen in the side wing of the building…" As health professionals we care for the life, health and well being of our patients. Violence, weapons and war cause enormous suffering and misery, and endanger what is important for us. Violence at different levels is one of the greatest determinants of ill-health and death.

Skip to 0 minutes and 56 seconds As healthcare professionals often meet both the victims and perpetrators of violence, we have a unique role in preventing violence and building more peaceful societies My name is Ingvild Fossgard Sandøy and I’m Adi Vyas – this MOOC has been made by the University of Bergen in collaboration with the European Medical Peace Work partnership. Together we’ll be introducing you to this very important field. How well equipped are we as health professionals to address violence and suffering in homes, in our work places, and on our borders ? How do we uphold our professional values, and how can we be accountable to the people we serve? Can we tackle problems that seem to lie far “upstream”?

Skip to 1 minute and 28 seconds Medical Peace Work is an emerging field of expertise which combines healthcare, violence prevention, and peace-building. This MOOC will introduce you to the key concepts, opportunities and dilemmas in medical peace work. So join us as we explore these important global health issues through the lens of public health and peace practice. Whatever your professional background, together we can begin our journey towards a healthier, more peaceful world.

What topics will you cover?

1) Basic concepts in Medical Peace Work, including:

  • A holistic concept of peace as the negation of violence; peace as a state of harmony; and peace as a capacity to deal with conflicts in a positive manner.
  • Understanding conflict in terms of attitude, behaviour and content/contradiction.
  • Understanding the different forms of violence (direct, structural and cultural), the hierarchies of violence (collective, interpersonal, and self-induced), and the different levels of violence (mega, macro, meso, and micro level).
  • Understanding the timing of peace work in terms of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention.
  • Understanding the risks and limitations of Medical Peace Work.

2) Exploring six topics or case studies in Medical Peace Work, illustrating how healthcare and allied professionals can:

  • Engage in conflict-sensitive peace-health work in war and post-war settings.
  • Recognise and respond to domestic violence in clinical practice.
  • Provide appropriate healthcare for refugees.
  • Recognise and help in healing victims of torture.
  • Respond to a nuclear explosion, and understand its determinants.
  • Prepare for the health effects of climate change.

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

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

Who is the course for?

This course has been created for people with some experience in healthcare. It is particularly relevant to students in clinical healthcare professions (such as medicine, nursing, and allied health) and equally relevant to those working in broader disciplines (such as public health, global health, and development studies).

Who will you learn with?

Adi Vyas

I am a Lecturer at University of Bergen (Norway) & Medical Advisor at the Ministry of Health (Sydney, Australia). I'm interested in global health, sustainable healthcare, and peace work. Tw @adipodean

Ingvild Fossgard Sandøy

Professor of Public Health at the University of Bergen. Research interests: sexual and reproductive health; interpersonal violence. Teaching: Public Health, Medical Peace work, Epidemiology

Stefi Barna

I teach global public health at Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia (UK), and development studies at Azim Premji University in Bangalore (India).

Klaus Melf

Deputy Chief Medical Officer in the City of Bergen, Norway. Specialty: Community medicine. Doctorate: Occupational medicine. Master's degree: Peace and conflict transformation. Coordinator of MPW3.

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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What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

Find out more

Get extra benefits, upgrade this course. For $54 you'll get:

Unlimited access

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  • Take the course at your own pace
  • Refer to the material at any point in future

If you’re taking a course for free you have access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join. If you upgrade the course you have access for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn.

Certificate of Achievement

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

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  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your hard work
  • Display on your LinkedIn or CV

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete.

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