Introduction to Immigrant and Refugee Health

Presented by the University of Minnesota, this seven-hour lecture-based introductory course in immigrant and refugee health includes eight lectures led by global health experts. There are also accompanying external resources, and a pre- and post-test. A University of Minnesota account is required to complete this module; after registration you will receive an email confirmation and the ability to self-enroll via the Canvas platform. 

The eight lectures in this course include:

  • Introduction to Cross-Cultural Communication
  • Effective Communication Across Language and Culture 
  • Ten Myths About Immigration 
  • Best Practices in Immigrant and Refugee Health
  • Domestic Screening Guidelines
  • Special Issues in Immigrants’ Immunizations
  • Mental Health in Resettlement and Adjustment
  • Torture Survivors: Screening, Assessment and Referral 

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the significance of the mental health interview, including asking difficult questions about mental health issues stemming from loss, torture, and hopelessness.
  • Discuss significant issues surrounding immunizations for immigrant and refugee populations
  • Describe and implement best practices for cross-cultural communication, including the importance of connections and build trusting relationships with your immigrant and refugee patients 
  • Describe some of the important differences between care and treatment of immigrant and refugee populations, including the assessment of those who have recently arrived in the U.S.

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