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Health and Well-Being for Displaced Persons
Understand the complex health challenges displacement and migration may have on people

4-5 hours





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This course will explore the impact of displacement and migration on the health and well-being of displaced persons. It also considers the well-being of rehabilitation professionals working with these individuals.


The aim of this course is to provide an overview of the health and well-being of displaced persons and the rehabilitation professionals working with 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. Health and Well-Being for Displaced Persons
  2. Determinants of Health
  3. Access to Health Care
  4. Impact of Displacement on Mental Health
  5. Salutogenic Approach to Wellness
  6. Role of Self-Care for Rehabilitation Professionals working with 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:

  • describe the impact of migration on health
  • identify health, functioning and disability stemming from the migration process
  • explain the common challenges refugees face in receiving optimal health care
  • identify three barriers to accessing health care for displaced persons
  • discuss the role of the Salutogenic approach to health and well-being for displaced persons
  • describe self-care strategies to keep yourself safe and well when working with displaced persons
Featured reviews
I thoroughly enjoy this course, as it has opened my eyes to new ideas and ways of thinking. It contains a lot of content but all relevant. I would recommend this course to all physiotherapists, whether working with displaced persons or not, as its ideas and concepts are transferable across all sectors.
Julie Robinson
United Kingdom
It was such a well-balanced course as it covered both care for the therapist and the patients. It points out that too often, we focus on the patients and forget ourselves as healthcare providers. The course outlined the negatives of poor self-care and solutions to improve it. Great course!
Ian Chipupila
It is the best course! As a result, I have learned to transform myself in the health industry.
Antwi Joseph
These eye-opening and thought-provoking topics were enjoyable to work through. In addition, it contained many significant additional resources for self or patients/clients to pick around and incorporate.
Anna Zayas
Massage Therapist
I think this course should be mandatory for all rehabilitation professionals working with displaced persons to help them better understand the client and their needs!
Ada Olga Uzoechi
This section was quite informative, and although the focus is on work with displaced persons, I am applauding the inclusion, at this point, of health care/volunteers etc., being encouraged to embrace their self-care. But unfortunately, I have seen too many adverse conditions manifesting in colleagues or health care staff, and I am very supportive of the "care for the caregivers" concept.
Suzanne Piche
This course provided extensive knowledge about the health and well-being of displaced people. It covered content from determinants of health to mental health and self-care of health practitioners. In addition, I gained new knowledge on salutogenesis, which has made me rethink my approach to sharing information with patients and developing their rehabilitation treatment plans.
Davie Madziatera
It has been a great learning session with colleagues from across the globe with experience in various fields of life. I have understood in depth the health needs of displaced persons, the impact of displacement on health, the determinants of health and my role as a rehabilitation professional to provide quality health care/support with empathy. In addition, I learn about the need to deliberately and regularly care for myself to maintain a healthy lifestyle and work balance!
Nancy Gloria Ayugi
It is an excellent course to consider when planning to work with the refugee population. As an immigrant, my family (myself and my daughters) lived through many challenges at the beginning. I know from experience that health literacy and learning the host country's language are vital for psychological well-being. This course distinguishes between migrants and refugees. It explains why challenges are different for people who flee their motherland because of the risk to their lives and those who choose another country for better economic or social status for themselves and their children.
Elena Naydinskaya
Occupational Therapy Assistant
United States
Thank you for creating this topic focusing on compassion fatigue, burnout, and self-care. This topic is less discussed and may cause unwanted mental health issues that a medical professional might experience but cannot or does not know how to intervene.
Maria Sheila Gayoso
It is an exciting course for rehabilitation professionals, especially those providing services for displaced persons and migrants. A presentation of critical topics gave therapists and other professionals an understanding of the dynamics of migrants' health and how sociocultural context and migration experience impact the health and well-being of displaced persons.
Surajo Kamilu Sulaiman
This course is a must. It allowed me to build confidence in my practice thanks to a better understanding of the mental issues that cause the problems. I can now help my clients with their recovery!
Miguel Cerna
Exercise Therapist
El Salvador