University of Bergen Free Online Course on Medical Peace Work

The University of Bergen is offering a free online course on Medical Peace Work. This course has been created for people with some experience in healthcare.

The overall objective of this course is to learn about the vital role healthcare plays in violence prevention and peace-building both globally and locally. The course will start on May 1, 2017.

Course At Glance

Length: 6 weeks
Effort: 2 hours/week
Subject: Medical Peace Work
Institution: University of Bergen and Future learn
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Course starts on May 1, 2017


Providers’ Details

The University of Bergen (UiB) offers first-class education and cutting-edge research at our location in the city centre of Bergen, Norway. We have collaborations worldwide, and are ranked among the world’s top 200 universities, according to the QS World University Rankings.

About This Course

This course will introduce you to some of the key concepts, opportunities and dilemmas in the field through six case studies on causes, responses, roles, and duties of healthcare practitioners in dealing with violence and building peaceful societies.

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. Applicants can get a verified certificate.

Learning Outcomes

  • Recognizing signs of domestic violence in clinical practice
  • Recognizing and healing the effects of torture
  • Providing appropriate healthcare for refugees
  • Conflict-sensitive peace-health work in war and post-war areas
  • Preparing for the health effects of climate change
  • Responding to a nuclear explosion


This course has been created for people with some experience in healthcare. It is particularly relevant to students in clinical healthcare professions (such as medicine, nursing, and allied health) and equally relevant to those working in broader disciplines (such as public health, global health, and development studies).


Ingvild Fossgard Sandøy

Professor of Public Health at the University of Bergen. Research interests: sexual and reproductive health; interpersonal violence. Teaching: Public Health, Medical Peace work, Epidemiology

Adi Vyas

This is a Lecturer at Univeristy of Bergen (Norway) & Medical Advisor at the Ministry of Health (Sydney, Australia). I’m interested in global health, sustainable healthcare, and peace work. Tw @adipodean

Stefi Barna

I teach global public health at Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia (UK), and development studies at Azim Premji University in Bangalore (India).

Klaus Melf

Deputy Chief Medical Officer in the City of Bergen, Norway. Specialty: Community medicine. Doctorate: Occupational medicine. Master’s degree: Peace and conflict transformation. Coordinator of MPW3.

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
  • Sign Up At FutureLearn
  • Select a course and Join
  • Once a course has started, applicant will be able to access the course material
  • After the start date, students will be able to access the course by following the Go To Course link on My Courses page.
  • Applicants can buy, to show that they have completed a FutureLearn course.
  • On some FutureLearn courses, learners will be able to pay to take an exam to qualify for a Statement of Attainment. (These are university-branded, printed certificates that provide proof of learning on the course topic(s)).

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