Title: Health in Detention
Keywords: Vulnerable groups
Public Health
Human rights
Health systems
Country: Switzerland
Institution: Switzerland - Swiss Tropical & Public Health Institute, Basel
Course coordinator: Bernadette Peterhans
Date start: 2024-12-02
Date end: 2024-12-06
About duration and dates: 5 days. Application Deadline: 30.09.2024
Classification: advanced optional
Mode of delivery: Face to face
Course location: Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute
Socinstrasse 57, P.O. Box, 4002 Basel, Switzerland
in collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross, Geneva, Switzerland

tropEd Coordinators:
Bernadette Peterhans bernadette.peterhans@swisstph.ch
Axel Hoffmann axel.hoffmann@swisstph.ch
Course application: courses@swisstph.ch
ECTS credit points: 1.5 ECTS credits
SIT: 33 hours direct contact time
10 hours self-directed learning
2 hours written exam
45 hours SIT
Language: English
At the end of the module the student should be able to:
• Define the main legal instruments, professional codes, and declarations designed to protect the rights of prisoners, detainees, and health professionals responsible for the health care of these populations
• Appraise the most important health problems in places of detention
• Analyse and address health and human rights issues facing populations in detention.
Assessment Procedures:
A 2 hour MCQ test will be used to measure the individual performance
Passing mark 60%, in case of failure the participants can resit the exam once.
The course content includes the following topics:
• Global challenges in places of detention
• Legal framework for ICRC detention activities
• Medical Ethics / Medical Confidentiality / Dual Loyality
• Importance and challenges of health care and public health approaches in places of Detention
• Health Assessment in places of Detention
• Nutrition, Mental Health/drug abuse and NCDs
• Multidrug resistance TB, HIV and Hepatitis
• Environment and health
• Swiss Experience of Health Care in Detention (including a visit to places of detention in Basel)
• Hunger Strikes and their management
• Torture and ill treatment
• Health impact of solitary confinement and disciplinary segregation
The course is based on the principles of adult learning and the teachers facilitate the learning process. The facilitators will share their experiences and expertise with the participants.
Educational methods: presentations 50%, discussion round 25%, small case studies 25%
At least two years of professional experience

English requirements: TOEFL paper 550 / computer 213 / internet 79 – 80 or IELTS 6.0 or native speaker or completed higher education in English (with written proof)
Maximum 24 participants including tropEd participants
First come, first serve
The course is in high demand therefore early application is an asset
1100 CHF, 900 CHF tropEd students
tropEd accreditation:
Accredited in Basel, September 2015. Reacredited in Rabat (EC TelCo), March 2020. This course is valid until March 2025.
Remarks: Overall the course is in high demand, last year we have admitted 27 participants
Email Address: courses@swisstph.ch
Date Of Record Creation: 2015-09-14 17:09:22 (W3C-DTF)
Date Of Record Release: 2015-09-14 21:22:43 (W3C-DTF)
Date Record Checked: 2018-03-06 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2023-11-28 14:28:11 (W3C-DTF)