Online Course
Key Trends and Patterns Surrounding the Global Context for Displaced Persons
Gain insight into general trends of global migration and displacement

1-1.5 hours





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Courtland Robinson
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Courtland Robinson researches populations in migration, including those displaced by conflict, natural disasters, and human trafficking

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Learning, Acting and Building for Rehabilitation in Health Systems

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The number of individuals forcibly displaced due to armed conflict, violence, war, and disaster is growing. When considering trends and patterns of displacement, it is essential to understand how many people have been displaced and the composition of displaced populations. For instance, what proportion of displaced people are children, working-age adults or older adults? Understanding different subgroups such as age, gender, and health categories (e.g. disability, mental health etc.) can be relevant for clinicians, service providers and policymakers. This course looks at recent data in order to explore general trends in displacement.


The aim of this course is to explore key trends and patterns of displacement.


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

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

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 1-1.5 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 1.2 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:

  • summarise key data relating to the number of displaced persons, the population composition of displaced persons, and areas of displacement
  • describe current patterns of displacement using recent data