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.

Key factor provoking the 2015 European refugee crisis.

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


Special healthcare services frequently required by newly resettled refugees.

Ways that healthcare providers can incorporate refugee care into their practice.


Week 8: Resolution & Repatriation


Principles most important in guiding refugee repatriation.

Potential alternatives when repatriation is not possible.