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Forced Migration & Health: A Course Proposal

By Lauren Ashle Gaston-Hawkins


Forced migration is poised to be one of the leading public health issues of our time. The Syrian refugee crisis in particular has placed issues of forced migration firmly in the consciousness of everyday people in developed nations in a way that has not occurred arguably since the genocide in Rwanda. Thus it is important to capitalize on this moment of awareness to prepare future leaders and public health advocates to effectively address the host of issues that accompany the forced migration of populations. As the number of forced migrants increase and represents a larger proportion of the world’s population, an effective public health education must address their health issues in a complex and nuanced way. Further, schools of Public Health are tasked with educating and preparing future leaders in the field. Consequently, schools must position themselves at the forefront of this issue and must equip their graduates with the knowledge and skills to appropriately address the bourgeoning area of forced migration and health in order to move public health forward

Topics: SBS
Publisher: EliScholar – A Digital Platform for Scholarly Publishing at Yale
Year: 2016
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Provided by: Yale University

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