Topic Name Description
Lesson 1 URL MPW Course 1: Health workers, conflict and peace

Read this course for a general overview of the role of health workers in peace-building as well as to learn the basic terminology and strategies for peace related work.

 

URL World report on violence and health

Read Chapter 8 titled "Collective Violence"  (page 213-237).  It defines collective violence and the importance of studying it. This chapter also outlines the factors that affect collective violence, and the role played by health professionals in its prevention.

URL Peace building through health initiatives

Read this article. Understand the role health workers play in preventing and mitigating conflict, as well as the limitations for health profesionals on this subject.

URL World report on violence and health

Read Chapters 2-7 and 9 to learn more about several different forms of violence -- self-inflicted violence, violence toward family members (including children and the elderly), and sexual violence.  Collective violence (chapter 8) was already read in this Module.  Reflect on ways in which a better understanding can help prevent violence.

URL World report on violence and health

Read Chapter 1 titled "Violence - a global public health problem" (pages 1-19) to get a clearer overview of violence, what it means, its impact on global health and how to prevent it with a public health approach.

URL Public health and complex emergencies: New issues, new conditions

Read this article to understand the role public health plays in humanitarian aid and peace-building. Consider the multiple roles and the complexity of public health in terms of peace-building and the defense of human rights.

URL The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Read this document to get an overview of The Declaration of Human Rights, in order to understand its relationship with public health.

URL Preparing health professions students for terrorism, disaster, and public health emergencies: Core competencies

Read this paper to understand the importance of developing competencies for teaching emergency preparedness to students in health care professions. Review the list of competencies and possible useful strategies and concepts.

URL Natural Disasters, Armed Conflict, and Public Health

Read the article.  It describes the connections between armed conflict, public health, and the changing climate. 

Lesson 1 URL The Right to Health: Fact Sheet No. 31

Read Chapter 1 titled "I. What is the Right to Health?" (pages 3-11) to understand the relationship between health care and human rights, including how these two interact and are dependent upon each other.

URL MPW course 2: Medicine, health and human rights

Read this course to understand the relationship between international humanitarian law and human rights, as well as the ethical codes regulating the health professions. Understand the health worker's responsibility to promote and defend the right to health.

URL Health and Human Rights (in the Health and Human Rights Journal - Volume 1 Issue 1)

Scroll down and click on the link to download the article titled "Health and Human Rights" by Johnathan Mann et al.  Read this article to understand the relationship between health care and human rights. Understand how the potential collaboration between health care and human rights as well as the violations of human rights have impacts on health.

URL Essential medicines and human rights: What can they learn from each other?

Read this article and learn about the ways in which human rights and public health have influenced the availability and definition of essential medicines.

Lesson 1: Weapons and Health URL MPW Course 3: War, weapons and conflict strategies

Read this course to gain an understanding of the health effects of war, weapons, and strategies of violent conflict. Consider how these influence health and what can be done to prevent and mitigate them.

URL Effect of type and transfer of conventional weapons on civilian injuries: Retrospective analysis of prospective data from Red Cross hospitals

Read this article to examine the link between different weapons used in modern wars and their potential to injure civilians.

URL Mortality in Iraq Associated with the 2003–2011 War and Occupation: Findings from a National Cluster Sample Survey by the University Collaborative Iraq Mortality Study

Read this article to learn about the direct and indirect deaths attributable to the war in Iraq between 2003 and 2011.

Lesson 2: Biological and Chemical Weapons URL Public health response to biological and chemical weapons: WHO guidance

Read all sections of chapter 3 within this report from the World Health Organization. You will learn about biological and chemical weapons.

Lesson 3: Landmines URL Direct and indirect consequences of landmines on public health

Read this report to learn more about landmines and their impact on public health.

Lesson 4: Firearms URL Small arms and global health

Read this report and learn about the public health concerns regarding firearms.

Lesson 1: Nuclear weapons URL Nuclear Weapons 60 Years On: Still a Global Public Health Threat

Read this article and learn about the influence that health care professionals can have in anti-nuclear weapon campaigns.

URL Reducing and eliminating nuclear weapons: Country perspectives on the challenges to nuclear disarmament

Read this report and learn about major policy obstacles that stand in the way of the nuclear-armed states deciding to eliminate their weapons.

URL Nuclear famine: Two Billion People at Risk

Read the report and learn about the impacts and threats a nuclear war could have on public health.

URL Nuclear weapons illegality: The public health case

Read this article and learn about the legality of nuclear weapons use and the issues of real and lasting threats to public health.

URL Global zero - Get the Facts

Click on the interactive map and read the text below the map to learn more about nuclear weapons around the world.

URL The U.S. and nuclear terrorism: Still dangerously unprepared

Read the report and learn about appropriate precautions and responses to nuclear terrorism.

URL Treaty between the United States of America and the Russian Federation on measures for the further reduction and limitation of strategic offensive arms

Read this treaty to learn about the agreement that was signed in 2010 between the United States of America and the Russian Federation on measures for the further reduction and limitation of strategic offensive arms.

URL Nuclear Famine: Climate and Health Effects of Regional Nuclear War

Read the fact sheet to learn about the environmental changes and threats that would be caused by a nuclear war.

Lesson 2: Nuclear power and health URL Childhood leukemia and cancers near German nuclear reactors: Significance, context, and ramifications of recent studies

Read this article and learn about the possible health consequences of using nuclear power as a source of energy.

URL Nuclear tipping point - Watch

Watch the 55-minute version of the film.

URL Unfurling the nuclear mystery after Fukushima

Read this article from the Vancouver Observer to learn more about the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster and its later impacts.

Lesson 1 URL MPW Course 4: Structural violence and the underlying causes of violent conflict

Read this course and examine the interconnections between poverty, development, and violent conflict.

URL Structural violence and clinical medicine

Read this article and understand the relationship between structural violence and the work done in clinical practice.

Lesson 1 URL MPW Course 5: Peace through health in violent conflict

Read this course and describe key aspects of the history of war and medicine. Pay attention to the ways in which health and health care are influenced by war.

URL Peace Through Health and Its Potential as a Transformative Lens (in The Meducator is McMaster University's undergraduate Health Sciences Journal)

Scroll down and click on the link to download the article titled "Peace Through Health and Its Potential as a Transformative Lens" by Dr. Nancy Doubleday.  Read this article and learn about alternative aproaches for building peace through health care.

URL Neighbors and Enemies: Lessons to Be Learned from the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict Regarding Cooperation in Public Health

Read this article to learn about how collaboration can positively affect public health, even in areas and times of conflict.

Lesson 1 URL MPW Course 6: Refugee and migration challenges

Read this course and learn about the ethical implications of dealing with immigrants and refugees and providing them with health care. Describe and understand their needs in terms of their health and well-being.

URL Healthcare challenges from the developing world: Post-immigration refugee medicine

Read this article and understand the special needs of refugees in terms of health care. Learn the competencies required to effectively provide medical care to refugees.

URL Common mental health problems in immigrants and refugees: general approach in primary care

Read this article to learn how to recognize and appropriately treat mental health problems among refugees and immigrants.

Lesson 1 URL MPW Course 7: Prevention of interpersonal and self-directed violence

Read this course and consider the origin and extent of different types of violence at the micro level, including community violence, domestic violence and suicide.

URL Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Read this report to learn about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Understand the key points of its etiology, its signs and symptoms, as well as its diagnosis and treatment.

URL Predictable, Preventable: Best Practices for Addressing Interpersonal and Self-Directed Violence During and After Disasters

Read this text to learn about the best practices to address violence during and after disasters and to learn how to respond through early and proactive action using a public health approach.

URL Self-directed Violence Surveillance: Uniform Definitions and Recommended Data Elements

Read the document to learn about current terminology and best practices regarding self-directed violence (SDV), an important cause of mortality and morbidity worldwide.