Building upon the lessons below, learners will also critique assigned articles, participate in discussion boards, compose a comprehensive essay on the subject “How shall my nation respond to international refugees?” and participate in a comprehensive International refugee care simulation.



Week 1: Global Refugee Crisis: Regional Destabilization & Humanitarian Protection


  • Tensions exist between the interests of host state security and refugee security.
  • Today’s global refugee crisis is exacerbated by national and international weaknesses.


Week 2: The End of the 1951 Refugee Convention: Dilemmas of Sovereignty, Territoriality, and Human Rights


  • Important elements of the United Nations 1951 Refugee Convention.
  • Powerful factors that today threaten application of the 1951 Refugee Convention.


Week 3: The Syrian Refugee Crisis and Foreign Policy Decision-Making in Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey, AND The Refugee Crisis in Europe: Shortening Distances, Containment and Asymmetry of Rights


  • Nations taking advantage of refugee crises to extract national gain.
  • More just approach to managing refugee crisis without prioritizing national gain.
  • Impact of closing national borders upon refugee migration.


Week 4: Approaches to the Design of Refugee Camps


  • Major factors to be considered in the design of a refugee settlement.
  • Advantages and disadvantages of urban versus rural refugee encampments.


Week 5: Migrant and Refugee Populations: a Public Health and Policy Perspective on a Continuing Global Crisis, AND The Health Impacts of the Refugee Crisis


  • Major health conditions to which refugees are especially likely to suffer.
  • Interventions that refugee managers often must take to assure refugee health.
  • Major health conditions suffered by refugee women and children.
  • Factors in the setting of a refugee settlement that make healthcare unique.


Week 6: Refugee Mental Health and Child Health


  • Acute, short-term mental health interventions are most appropriate for refugees.
  • Ways by which refugee children’s basic human rights are most often violated.


Week 7: Primary Care for Refugees: Challenges and Opportunities AND Resolution & Repatriation


  • Special healthcare services frequently required by newly resettled refugees.
  • Ways that healthcare providers can incorporate refugee care into their practice.
  • Principles most important in guiding refugee repatriation.
  • Potential alternatives when repatriation is not possible.


Week 8: Final Exam