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Global Health, Conflict and Violence

University of Bergen via FutureLearn


Explore the role of medics and healthcare workers in promoting peace

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.

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.


  • Armed conflict
    • Welcome to the course and meet the team
    • Crisis at the district hospital
    • Ensuring access
    • Medical peace work
    • What did we learn this week?
  • A nuclear explosion
    • Nuclear weapons: an introduction
    • Responding to a nuclear explosion
    • What are nuclear weapons and why do we have them?
    • What can health professionals do?
    • What did we learn this week?
  • The climate crisis
    • Health effects of the climate crisis
    • Storms and floods
    • Heatwaves, drought and wildfires
    • Infectious disease
    • Sea level rise
    • Poverty, inequality and food insecurity
    • Migration and violent conflict
    • What can health professionals do?
    • What did we learn this week?
    • Course conclusion

Taught by

Stefi Barna


4.9 rating at FutureLearn based on 22 ratings

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