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Refugee and Migrant Health: A Global Perspective



Start Date: March 17, 2019

Duration: 4 weeks

About This Course

Globally, there are an estimated 258 million international migrants, and 763 million internal migrants. In the past decade, an estimated 65 million people forcibly displaced from their homes with developing countries host 86% of the forced displaced population. This rapid increase of population movement has important public health implications, and therefore requires an adequate response from the health sector. The right of everyone to enjoy the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health is established in the WHO Constitution of 1948. Ratified international human rights standards and conventions also exist to protect the rights of migrants and refugees, including their right to health. Unfortunately, refugees and migrants often lack access to health services and financial protection for health.

The course Refugee and Migrant Health: A Global Perspective will be presented over a 4 week period with each consecutive week focusing on the following modules:
  1. Situational analysis across all geographical regions
  2. Practices and Experiences
  3. Lessons learned
  4. Way forward over a four week period.
Participants can expect recorded presentations, live and interactive seminars and reading resources as the course content with discussions boards, case studies and seminar presentation for the assessment.

Course Staff

Satesh Bidaisee

Satesh Bidaisee

Satesh Bidaisee is a Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine and Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies at St. George’s University, Grenada. Satesh is a graduate of the University of the West Indies, St. George’s University, and the University of Sheffield. Satesh is board certified by the United States National Board of Public Health Examiners, and holds Fellowships to the Royal Society of Biology, Royal Society of Public Health, Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation. Satesh supports One Health One Medicine through his education of medical and graduate students, research on zoonotic and food borne diseases and service to international one health organizations. Satesh also engages One Health One Medicine by writing and, believe it or not, singing about it!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the course free?

The course and all the content is absolutely free. Only those students who choose to take the exam for continuing education credit will be required to pay a fee.

What Materials are Required?

All required course material will be made available on SGU Online.

How can I receive credit for this course?

Upon successfully completing the requirements for the course, students can elect to gain eight (8) continuing professional development credits through the US National Board of Public Health Examiners ( by passing a comprehensive proctored examination with a score of greater than 60%. To apply for the credit, you will need to register for the comprehensive examination which will occur in week 5 of the course and pay a tuition fee of $50 USD to take the exam. The credit and the exam are optional components.