Certificates of Open Study

Advanced Course on Community Health

Designed for refugees and people on the move

 Learning objectives

 At the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  • Identify the key priorities in terms of community health
  • Complete basic health tasks to prevent and mitigate the health risks in their communities.
  • Develop collaborative competencies with peers and local actors to prevent and mitigate health risks.
  • Help reinforce the well-being and resilience between peers and within their community.


Current community health workers or individuals who want to reinforce their competencies and knowledge in community health.


Prof. Karl Blanchet,

Centre d’Etudes Humanitaires, Institut de Santé Globale, Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva


 Dr Rafael Luis Ruiz De Castaneda,

Institut de Santé Globale, Faculty of Medicine, Université de Genève


  • Introduction to Community Health
  • First Aid (Basics)
  • Environmental health
  • Non-communicable diseases
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • Child health
  • Communicable diseases
  • Disability
  • Health ageing
  • Mental health and psychosocial support


 International Federation of the Red Cross

  Pedagogical method

Blended learning: distance learning combined with practical seminars.


English (soon in French and Arabic)


              12 credits corresponding to 250 learning hours.

 Admission criteria

  • Good understanding of English
  • Explicit motivation of assisting the community
  • Previous experience in community health recommended

 Number of participants

Max. 20 participants

 Detailed fees



InZone at University of Geneva offers a number of full or partial scholarships for refugees in countries where they operate.

 For more information please write to : inzone(at)unige.ch

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