Many refugees arrived and asked for asylum in the Netherlands. These immigrants experience 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 in participating in the labor market and to foster the new language. A part of the newcomers experiences barriers to access Dutch healthcare due to lack of knowledge concerning the system or differences in health practice and culture.

Among the group arrived refugees are persons with a social or medical background. This course aims to increase their knowledge about:

  • the Dutch healthcare to promote their reintegration as a healthcare worker.
  • health risks among refugees and how these are addressed in Dutch healthcare. To advise other newcomers where help and care is offered in the Netherlands.

This will enable them to increase their own chances in working as a healthcare provider again and support other refugees to recognize health problems and if necessary refer and motivate them to find their way to Dutch health care.

Key topics

Health[e]Refugees is a continuation of the Refugee Care[e]Education course for Dutch general practitioners, POH and other public health professionals. Health[e]Refugees is an e-learning course including 5 modules, guidelines and references, video’s 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 content of the course is developed in close collaboration with Pharos, Arq, GGD Amsterdam, Radboud University and GGD-GHOR and funded by Dioraphte.

Target group

Newcomers in the Netherlands with a social or medical background.


Dutch & English

Access to course

Health[e]Refugees is a free available course. Click here to read more about how you can register for free.
The e-learning consists of 5 modules, each module takes about 1.5 hours of study time. The course is not bound to time or place, to complete the e-learning you need to have a score of 70% or more for all modules.