Course details / Health[e]Refugees

About this course

Many refugees have sought asylum in the Netherlands. These immigrants experienced health risks from their country of origin and during their voyage to the Netherlands. The effects of conflict and displacement on mental health and psychosocial well-being are profound. Therefore, it is important to recognize, detect and treat (mental) health problems early to improve the chances of immigrants participating in the labor market and learning a new language. Newcomers often experience challenges in accessing Dutch healthcare due to their lack of knowledge about the system or differences in health practice and culture between the Netherlands and their countries of origin. People with a social or medical background form part of the refugee population. This course aims to increase their knowledge about:

  • the Dutch healthcare system to promote their integration as a healthcare worker in the Netherlands.
  • health risks among refugees and how these are addressed in the Dutch healthcare system.
    One goal of the course is to empower medically trained refugees so that they can advise other newcomers about the help and healthcare services that are offered in the Netherlands.

Who is this course for?

Newcomers in the Netherlands with a social or medical background.

What you will learn

Health[e]Refugees is a continuation of the Refugee Care[e]Education course for Dutch general practitioners, physician assistants and other public health professionals. Health[e]Refugees is an e-learning course that includes five modules; guidelines and references; videos; and test questions. The themes of the course are an ‘Introduction to Dutch healthcare’; ‘Provider-patient interaction’; ‘Mental health’; ‘Resilience and health of refugee children’; and ‘Sexual and reproductive health’. The course may increase your chances of working as a healthcare provider again. You will be able to support other refugees to recognize their health problems and, if necessary, motivate them to seek care through the Dutch healthcare system. The content of the course was developed in close collaboration with Pharos, Arq, GGD Amsterdam, Radboud University and GGD-GHOR. The course was funded by Dioraphte.

What you get

Join the course and you will receive:

  • A personal account to access the e-learning platform
  • Lifelong access to the course
  • Modules written by renowned experts
  • Additional information in guidelines, references, videos and figures
  • Interactive test questions and exams
  • Test score overview
  • Support via an e-tutor
  • A certificate (fee: low income country €10, middle income country €15, high income country €20)

Learned lesson of participant:
"The information about the health care system in the Netherlands and which organizations can help."

How it works

Your mentor

The following mentor will support you during your self-study period:

Annemijn Blok-Versteeg

Annemijn Blok-Versteeg
Project manager

Refugees Mental health

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Subject Care of refugees
Target group Newcomers in NL with a social or medical background
Commitment 7.5 hours
Number of modules 5
Languages English, Dutch
Price (in Euros) Free

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