• Offered by School of Medicine and Psychology
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Culture, Health and Medicine
  • Areas of interest Health
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Christine Phillips
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
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  • STEM Course

This course is offered in two modes: online and in person. Please select the correct class number for the relevant mode of delivery when enrolling.

Over 100 million persons are currently living under conditions of forced displacement. This course focuses on the challenges to health and well-being faced by refugees through the stages of resettlement, with a particular focus on the third durable solution, resettlement in a third country. Students will study the key developments in health and human security for refugees, and the health implications of local integration and voluntary repatriation. Key areas to be addressed include the resources and capabilities of refugees, models of health service provision in temporary settlements, while on the move, and after resettlement, patterns of illness, and determinants of resilience. The course will consider case studies of peole who have been forcibly displaced due to contemporary conflicts in Myanmar, central Africa, Ukraine and Afghanistan.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Articulate the impacts of forced displacement on the epidemiology and experiences of illnesses among refugees along the life-course.
  2. Identify the sociocultural, biological and political determinants of refugee health and illness in resettlement countries and countries of first refuge
  3. Critically evaluate health systems to promote refugee health in temporary and permanent settlements

Other Information

This course includes training in practical responses and skills for working in refugee health, including practising sitreps and longer form reports, working with the WHO competency framework for health workers working with refugees, and international guidelines for management of temporary settlements.

A site visit to a resettlement organisation (health service, settlement agency) will be organised. Students enrolled in the online class will be supported to develop an equivalent to this site visit. Students will be responsible for organising their own travel.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Seminar presentation (15) [LO 3]
  2. Minor assessment - settlement portfolio: 2,500 words (35) [LO 1,2]
  3. Major essay: 4,000 words (45) [LO 1,3]
  4. Class participation (5) [LO 1,2,3]

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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

  • Face-to face component which may consist of 1 x 3 hour seminar per week (36 hours)
  • A 2-hour site visit (please see other information section). Online students will be supported to develop an equivalent to this site visit.
  • Approximately 94 hours of self-directed study which will include preparation for lectures and other assessment tasks.

Inherent Requirements

This course includes a 2-hour site visit to a resettlement organisation (health service, settlement agency). Online students and/or EAP students will be supported to develop an equivalent to this site visit. Students will be responsible for organising their own travel.

Prescribed Texts

There are no prescribed texts. Reading material will be provided on WATTLE.

Assumed Knowledge



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4440
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6360
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2834 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View
3483 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 Online View

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