e-Learning for Health Care Providers

Migration and Health for Health Professionals

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) offers a free, self-paced course on migration and health for healthcare professionals available in 24 languages, including modules on intercultural competencies, communication skills, migrant mental health, self- and staff-care and stress management.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, participants will:

  • Understand the complexity of health needs, challenges and risks faced by migrant populations;
  • Recognize factors of vulnerability and assess migrants’ health conditions;
  • Get familiar with practical tools to deal with people in acute stress;
  • Get familiar with tools to deal with and communicate efficiently with migrant populations.
Similar courses are available for coaches and trainers, law enforcement officers, and social workers.

This course in Migration and Health was created by the consortium “Train 4 Migrant & Health” in 2019 and is the property of the European Commission. The content of the course has been developed by a consortium constituted by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Santé Publique (EHESP), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Italian Institute of Public Health (ISS), the Association of Schools of Public Health of the European Region (ASPHER), the Instituto de Saude Publica da Universidade do Porto (ISPUP) and the University La Sapienza of Rome. EBM is not affiliated with this course or with ECDC.

Migration and Health: Enhancing Intercultural Competence and Diversity Sensitivity

World Health Organization (WHO)

Access to responsive, people-centered health systems is essential to ensure appropriate health care for refugees and migrants throughout the process of migration and settlement. Focusing on intercultural competence and diversity sensitivity, this free, self-paced course contributes to a broader WHO strategy to develop an evidence-based response to the public health needs of refugees and migrants.


The course is aimed at health authorities at national, subnational and local levels, as well as health care practitioners, researchers, patients and caregivers. It provides:

  • an accessible introduction to the key concepts underpinning intercultural competence and diversity sensitivity;
  • an overview of the types of action that can be taken to improve health care at organizational, systemic, professional and individual health care provider levels;
  • several case studies to examine methods and techniques that can be used to promote migrant participation at different stages of policy and practice; and
  • an overview of factors to be considered in any initiative developed to promote intercultural competence and diversity sensitivity in health care.

By the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • explain the need for interculturally competent and diversity-sensitive health care;
  •  explain the importance of education and training in intercultural competence;
  •  recognize the importance of trained interpreters and intercultural mediators in health care; and
  • identify the practical and ethical issues affecting the migrant patients through community participation.

EBM is not affiliated with this course or with WHO.