Medical Peace Work

Postgraduate course

Course description

Learning Outcomes


The student can

  • Discuss various definitions of the concepts of violence, conflict and peace
  • Describe typical underlying causes of violent conflicts and how conflict, violence, and peace are related to health
  • Describe the types of medical peace work that health care professionals can participate in globally and locally
  • Describe the basic principles of international humanitarian law, human rights and the ethical codes that regulate the health professions.
  • Plan healthcare for refugees and propose how health professionals may document, prevent and alleviate the use and effects of human rights abuse and torture.


The student can

  • Evaluate and respond to various forms of violence in health practice
  • Assess and respond to signs of domestic violence or torture in clinical practice

General competence

The student can

  • Recognise situations where health-related human rights are at risk of violation.
  • Reflect on health workers┬┐ responsibility to promote and defend the right to health and prevent violence.

Level of Study

3rd to 6th year of medical training

Semester of Instruction

Spring. Not offered Spring 2023.
Required Previous Knowledge
Good knowledge of English
Access to the Course
Teaching and learning methods

The course includes four online courses (2 ordinary online courses on and 2 MOOCs* on, all freely available. The work load for each of the courses is approximately as follows:

  • MPW Course 1: Health workers, conflict and peace: 12 hrs
  • MPW Course 4: Structural violence & root causes of violent conflict: 18 hrs
  • MOOC Global Health, Conflict and Violence: 15 hrs
  • MOOC Addressing Violence Through Patient Care: 15 hrs

There are online discussions in the MOOCs.

*MOOC=Massive Open Online Course

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
  • The two online courses on contain multiple choice tests. To pass these courses at least 80% of the possible points in each chapter of the courses must be achieved. Course certificates must be uploaded in MittUiB.
  • The students must post comments in all discussion steps in the MOOCs
  • Forms of Assessment
    Multiple choice tests in the online courses
    Grading Scale
    Assessment Semester
    Course Evaluation
    Evaluation after the first run, subsequently every third year