Title: Migration and Health for People on the Move (MHPM)
Keywords: Universal health coverage
Mobile population
Mental health
Country: Switzerland
Institution: Switzerland - Swiss Tropical & Public Health Institute, Basel
Course coordinator: Afona Chernet
Date start: 2024-06-17
Date end: 2024-06-21
About duration and dates: 1 week hybrid and blended
Classification: advanced optional
Mode of delivery: Blended-learning
Course location: Swiss Tropical and Public Health (Swiss TPH) Institute
Kreuzstrasse 2,
4123 Allschwil
ECTS credit points: 2 ECTS credits
SIT: A total of 60 hrs SIT (58% direct contact time and 42% self-directed learning time) are spread over the following three parts:

Part I
● 10 hrs self-directed learning - pre-reading assignment with provided materials

Part II
● 35 hours direct contact time and 5 hours self-directed learning = 40 hrs SIT

Part III
● Post-course assignment, group work report, with a total of 10 hrs self-directed learning
Language: English
Description: At the end of the module, the course participants should be able to:
● Appraise the major health challenges that migrants face before leaving, during migratory journey and upon arrival in the host country, with a particular focus on vulnerable groups
● Analyse the key challenges relating to the prevention, screening, diagnosis, and surveillance of key infectious diseases related to migrant populations
● Develop solution-oriented host-country interventions and/or policy options to respond to the relevant health issues affecting migrant populations.
Assessment Procedures: Students will be assessed based on:
● Individual: Pre-reading assignment assessed through online MCQ (30%)
● Group: Final oral PowerPoint presentation of the group work, assessed for the personal presentation skills, structure, content, and key messages provided (35%)
● Group: Minimum of a 3 page report (maximum 1,500 words), assessed for adequacy and completeness of specific content, key messages, layout and structure (35%).
The group work activities will be based on themes of the week. They may focus on intervention strategy development, conducting assessment, emergency situation dealing approach, policy developments, case definition, mixed method study design, and other related topics. Final report will be due two weeks after the last scheduled course day

🡪 The minimum pass mark will be 60% for each assignment.
🡪 Scores reports are communicated electronically via E-Mail announcement.
🡪 Students, who fail their assignments, will receive a second chance to re-sit and re-submit within 2-4 weeks.
Content: The course contains the following modules:
Day 1 Global overview of health problems and healthcare issues in resource poor settings, reflecting on current issues related to global migration and conflict/crises
Day 2 Mental health, coping strategies and resilience of migrants and associated challenges
Day 3 Sexual and reproductive health: assessing health challenges and improving healthcare access and utilization during migration and in host countries
Day 4 Child health and their development in a migration context, including mental health and integration into the new host society
Day 5 Healthcare challenges in host countries, relating to screening, diagnosing and surveillance of clinically relevant diseases using technologically advanced novel tools
Methods: All modules will have a high level of interaction, involving Q&A during or after lectures, moderated discussion sessions and oral presentations.

Course days will be structured in the following way:
- 6hrs lectures, presentations, panel discussions, video presentations and other activities per day
- 1 hour group work including a discussion session per day (afternoon)
- 1 hour self-directed learning per day

🡪 Lecture based approach, mostly morning sessions, with interactive participation of course participants. Presenters or lecturers will provide brainstorming questions for temporarily formed small groups, (through breakout rooms for 5-10min for those attending virtually via zoom), for discussion and reflection of subject matters.
Most lectures will be of 60-75 min duration incl. a 5-10 min tea and/or toilet break if necessary.
🡪 Group work activities, mostly afternoon sessions, will provide students with the opportunity to discuss and apply the content introduced in the morning sessions. Participants will be asked to develop solution-based host-country interventions and/or policy options. Mutual learning among course participants through the sharing of ideas and practical first hand field experience, with coordination, guidance and support from the course coordinators, will be key. The group discussion will be 60-90 min depending on the topic and aims.
🡪 Submission of group report, themes for the group report will be provided to the course participants on the first day. Hence, course participants will have enough time to contemplate and consolidate their ideas during the week.

An e-learning platform will be used to make course materials and recommended readings available to the course participants.
Prerequisites: All participants ideally should have documentation of or any form of evidence for:
● Academic training or a professional qualification in a relevant field to the subject (clinical medicine, healthcare professional, epidemiology, psychology, paediatrics, human rights, social science etc.)
● Work experience in a relevant field to the subject (planned or already completed), including some exposure or hands-on experience in a project or work in resource limited settings (i.e., refugee reception centres, community health care, conflict zone etc.)
● A working-level understanding of Microsoft Office software (e.g. Word, PowerPoint) and Adobe (PDF). Students will be introduced to the e-learning platform and Zoom software.
● Adequate knowledge and availability of a computer with good internet connection (for own email and web applications).
● Proficiency in spoken and written English (TOEFL 550 or 213 computer-based or 79/80 internet-based or academic IELTS 6.0)
Attendance: The course will accommodate a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 35 participants both on campus (in classroom) and virtually via zoom sessions.
Selection: Every applicant has equal opportunity to enrol themselves, based on the “first come first serve” principle. The application window will remain open until the maximum number of participants is reached or closed at the deadline due date if the minimum number is reached by then.
Fees: The course fee is CHF 1’100.–.
For students registered as a tropEd Master student at a tropEd home institution, a reduced course fee of CHF 900.– is offered.
The fee must be paid fully and within 4 weeks before the start of the course. This sum includes a registration fee of CHF 100.–, which is due upon confirmed acceptance of a course place.
If a participant does not attend the course, the registration fee cannot be reimbursed.
If cancellation is less than 4 weeks before beginning of the course an additional cancellation fee of CHF 300.– will be charged.
Scholarships: None
tropEd accreditation: First Accreditation Bagamoyo June 2022. This accreditation is available until Septembre 2027.
Remarks: The following are key references for migration health:
1. Burton-Jeangros C. et al. 2021. The well-being of newly regularized migrant workers: Determinants of their satisfaction with life as compared to undocumented migrant workers and
regular local residents.
2. Greenaway C. and Castelli F. 2019. Migration Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.idc.2018.10.014
3. Matlin SA. et al 2018. Migrants’ and refugees’ health: towards an agenda of solutions. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40985-018-0104-9
4. Abubakar I. et al. 2018. The UCL–Lancet Commission on Migration and Health: the health of a world on the move. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(18)32114-7
5. ECDC. 2016. ECDC TECHNICAL DOCUMENT: Handbook on implementing syndromic surveillance in migrant reception/detention centers and other refugee settings
doi 10.2900/22710
Email Address: karin.gross@swisstph.ch
Date Of Record Creation: 2022-07-19 16:25:31 (W3C-DTF)
Date Of Record Release: 2022-07-19 21:33:07 (W3C-DTF)
Date Record Checked: 2022-07-19 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2023-07-27 10:07:52 (W3C-DTF)