Online Course
Global Context for Displaced Persons
Gain insight into the implications of being forced to leave your home

4-5 hours





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In this day and age, we constantly hear terms such as displaced person, refugee, asylum seeker. This course will help explain these terms. It will also explore factors influencing an individual's decision to leave their home and the difficulties they may experience in the country where they find a safe haven. This course will focus on developing an understanding of the experience of these persons and the current global context surrounding them.


This course aims to provide introductory knowledge of the global context surrounding displaced persons.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Introduction
  2. Who is a Displaced Person?
  3. The Global Context for Displaced Persons
  4. Portrayal of Displaced Persons
  5. Human Rights for Displaced Persons
  6. International Legislation for Displaced Persons

Target audience

This course is aimed at rehabilitation professionals, students and assistants including but not limited to Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Rehabilitation Doctors, Rehabilitation Nurses, Prosthetists, Orthotists, Psychologists, Audiologists, Dietetics, Social Workers. Community Health Workers, Nurses or Medical Doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 4-5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
Types of Activities - Reading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. Participating in an international discussion forum.
Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 3.9 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • identify the different types of displaced persons
  • describe the global context surrounding the migration of displaced persons
  • explain the impact of media portrayal on attitudes towards displaced persons
  • explore country-specific knowledge about policy and legislation in the migration field to enhance understanding of the life situation of displaced persons
Featured reviews
This course is a brilliant investment for future clinicians. It helps you understand the basic humanitarian and healthcare needs of people from all backgrounds and enables you to be more kind and understanding toward their pain and suffering. Therefore, I think that everyone should join this course.
Noor Fatima
I would highly recommend this course as it presents the terms IDPS refugees and asylum seekers! You learn about their rights and how the media portrays them as intruders who are after jobs, money, and shelter. The truth is the opposite: they are being tortured and abused and seek protection to save their lives. They are not after our resources! Once these things are clear, we welcome them as our brothers.
fahad aftab
This course helps you to understand the importance of listening to the personal stories of refugees. They each have an individual story to tell, which, when listened to, can change your perception of them and where they are coming from.
Isaac Kakooza Musago
Physical Therapist
It is a beautiful course that aptly addresses a burning issue affecting a vast majority of the world's population. Thank you, Plus!
Peter Akahomen
I am a DPT student and happy to be a part of this course! I recommend this course for every healthcare and social welfare professional to be enrolled to enhance their knowledge and provide excellent and effective services in their field. I suggested to my friends and fellows to get registered soon. Thank you, Plus for offering such a fantastic opportunity for us. Keep it up!
Hashir Siddiqui
The course has managed to stay professional without losing its human touch. As a result, I have a better appreciation and gratitude for what we have!
Sony Kallingal
United Arab Emirates
I highly recommend this course! It helps clarify the broad spectrum of displaced persons and their corresponding rights.
Lori Baxter
Physical Therapist
United States
The course is fantastic! I could connect to several aspects I did not know about or that I had ignored. In addition, it has refuelled a passion for contributing to accessible and quality rehabilitation care for everyone that needs it.
Mary Akinwola
Physical Therapist
This course was refreshing to take a deep dive into factors and stats around the world. I felt that I had a good grasp of the extent of migrant issues, but this course enlightened me on many levels. I feel better able to advocate and treat after reviewing the content!
Suzanne Piche
I hope Plus continues to educate people on other subject matters that are less discussed. Thank you to the whole team for this kind of effort!
Maria Sheila Gayoso
This course provided all that I had hoped for! Incredibly helpful in introducing the topic and detailing the rehabilitation needs of displaced persons.
Ayesha Hoosain Hoosain
South Africa
This course program provided comprehensive detail regarding evidence-based data and concepts of migrants, refugees, asylum seekers, and Internally Displaced People and their fundamental rights to access adequate health care. I appreciated the video clips and up-to-date information relevant to my understanding of this course!
Chris Ian Aviñante
Even after working with humanitarian organisations for several years and living as a migrant, I had so much to learn about the importance of the terminology used to differentiate between different types of migrants and refugees. I was surprised by the sheer number of refugees and migrants in the world today and what that means for us as rehabilitation professionals. Thank you for putting together such a thoughtful and informative course and bringing to the fore such an essential topic for practising healthcare workers and rehab professionals worldwide!
Martina Lukin
It is one of the most detailed and informative courses I have ever participated in.
Emmanuel Ofori
Doctor of Medicine
Thank you so much for facilitating this Massive Open Online Course! It is one of a kind, educative, insightful, informative and interactive. It is a course I would recommend to all professionals looking to work with displaced individuals during their careers. Again it will give them a heads up on not only what to expect but also a comprehensive understanding of the needs of displaced persons.
Ramadhan Hassan
The course is so enriching! Due to the detailed essays and articles, I learned something I did not have much information about. Especially being from a populated country such as India, I was shocked by the statistics and databases. I look forward to learning more and adding to my skills.
Nabanwita Nayak
I am thrilled that I joined this course on Plus! I learned a lot during my journey. It has changed my perspective and views on displaced persons. The organizers of this course have done a terrific job of providing the best possible materials and an interactive learning method to spread awareness about displaced persons.
A Ajaykumar Dora
This course should be mandatory for everyone working with displaced persons because it will provide a foundation for understanding displacement.
Ada Olga Uzoechi
This course is a brilliant introduction to the global issues of migration, refugees and displaced persons. Intelligent and exciting presentations and logical discussion! Highly recommend!
Anna Cherry
New Zealand
It has been an enriching experience! Coupled with my experience working with displaced persons, refugees, and asylum seekers, I am honoured to have participated in this course. It has broadened my knowledge and understanding of displaced persons' needs, understanding of the legal laws and the global context of displacement.
Nancy Gloria Ayugi
I love this MOOC by Plus. I have learned about refugees and their socio-emotional, physical and psychological problems. I aspire to go to Syria and Afghanistan to provide my service as rehabilitation professional. Thank you, Plus for giving such a good explanation that improves skills and develops empathy towards humanity.
Phalak Pankaj Buch
One of the most informative courses I have come across online to date!
Paras Oli
Doctor of Medicine
It is a fantastic course! I would encourage every professional and other people in society to participate in this course.
Edrick Nsamba
Speech Therapist
The course has helped me to appreciate how much of a global problem it is currently in terms of displaced people. It has also oriented me to terminology concerning displaced people. In addition, it has increased my knowledge on issues relating to Human Rights and the health challenges faced by refugees. Lastly, it gave me an insight into the media coverage dynamics of displaced people.
Davie Madziatera
After taking this course, I am confident that I know the difference between different terminologies for categorizing displaced persons. Furthermore, how the course touched on the issue of human rights and elaborated on the sensitive topic of media portrayal of a displaced person is genuinely remarkable!
Lylas Ali
Thank you, Plus for this opportunity! I have learnt a lot about the global context of displaced persons and their rights. I have been able to differentiate between a refugee, asylum seeker and stateless person. I have learnt about different types of migration and their causes. I was happy to know that Uganda is among the host countries for refugees! The course also shares statics on displaced persons. I hope to broaden my knowledge of understanding displaced persons, which will also help me in practice.
Mutesasira Henry
Orthopaedic Technologist
The course is essential for all specialists who work with the specified problems. The facts, the comments from the course participants, and the information were helpful for me as a specialist; they allowed me to understand better the personal issues of the people I work with due to the understanding of the global nature of the problem in general.
Mariia Kazanzhy
It is an enriching course! And many thanks to the organisers of this course and this platform. No one will ever regret studying here, even for a minute!