Summer School on Refugee and Migrant Health

HIA is pleased to announce the 1st Summer School on Refugee and Migrant Health, an intense 5-day course offered under the umbrella of the WHO European Knowledge Hub on Health and Migration. The Summer School will take place in Syracuse, Italy, on 10–14 July 2017, and is organized in collaboration with the World Health Organization- European Regional Office.


The Summer School seeks to improve participants’ knowledge and understanding of the main health issues and needs of refugees and migrants, and of the broader public health implications of large-scale migration in origin, transit and destination countries. It will provide a space for bridging research, policy and practice; sharing knowledge, experience and good practice from the ground; and fostering debate and critical thinking.

The course is built around 4 overarching modules: demographics and risk factors; interventions; economics; and public health policy. Each module will include a combination of plenary presentations, workshops, interactive discussions and panels. Faculty will include international experts from different regions and disciplines relevant to the area of migration and health.

The course will include a field trip to a location in Sicily receiving regular arrivals of refugees and migrants. This will provide participants with first-hand knowledge of how authorities in Italy are currently managing the public health challenges related to migration. Social events will also offer networking opportunities.

The course will be delivered in English only.

At the end of the Summer School, participants will understand:

  • the relevance of migration within public health, the key public health implications of the migration phenomenon and the effects of social, economic and cultural determinants on the health of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants;
  • the potential of intersectoral policies and actions to improve the health of migrating populations;
  • the process of mainstreaming and converging policy agendas with a special focus on health, migration, human rights and gender;
  • the health status of migrant populations and the impact of the epidemiological transition on the health of migrants;
  • migrants’ access to health care, including existing barriers and possible policy options to overcome them;
  • the economic argument in relation to migrant health;
  • effective strategies to design and implement outreach programmes targeting migrant populations; and
  • emerging issues and ongoing policy debates in the field of migration and health at European and global levels.

Target audience

The Summer School is directed at a multidisciplinary group of participants including government officials, health and non-health professionals dealing with migration, and researchers and advocates interested in the topic of migration and health. The Summer School will accept a maximum of 70 participants.


Registration will open on 1 May 2017.

To take part in the Summer School, accepted applicants must confirm their participation and pay a registration fee of €100. This fee covers the costs of tuition, course materials, field trip, coffee breaks and lunches on all 5 days of the course, as well as 1 evening reception with dinner.


Participants are responsible for organizing and covering their own travel expenses. A travel guide with information on transportation and recommended hotels will be available.

For more information, please visit the WHO- Europe website.