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BASC2052 Migration and Health

Dr Fiona BurnsDr Richard Mole and Dr Elodie Douarin
Most suitable for:
Health and Environment or Societies pathways
Mode of assessment:
One 3,000-word report
Term 1 of Year 2
Lecture: 4 - 5pm on Tuesdays
Seminar: 11am - 12pm on Thursdays or 2 - 3pm on Thursdays or 9 - 10am on Fridays or 10 - 11am on Fridays

The aim of this course is to analyse the interplay between migration and health, i.e. the physical, mental and social well-being of migrants. Patterns of migratory movement have an impact on individual health as well as on public health and this impact is most apparent when migrant health and public health are understood to include psychological and social factors. The ability of a migrant to integrate into a host society is based upon combined mental, physical, cultural, and social well-being. Absence of physical ill-health is not by itself sufficient for successful integration in a host society. However, the structural inequalities experienced by migrants have a significant impact on overall health and well-being. Migration health thus goes beyond the traditional management of diseases among mobile populations and is intrinsically linked with the broader social determinants of health and unequal distribution of such determinants.

The migration – health framework
The dynamics of global migration and why migrant health matters
Understanding migration and migrants
Theories of migration, differences between regular and irregular migrants, asylum seekers and refugees, gender differences
Social integration and marginalisation
Social, legal, economic and psychological factors in facilitating/undermining integration
Diasporas and transnationalism
Role of diasporas in facilitating migration, offering support, maintaining national ties and cultural practices
Understanding health
The basic principles of epidemiology
Migration and health: the challenge of causality
Complex causal mechanisms between migration and health/access to healthcare
Socio-economic determinants of migrant health
Diaspora and community support, cultural and language factors, poverty, labour market
Migration and communicable diseases
Transmission and prevention of communicable diseases, screening, sexual health
Migration and mental health
Problems of alienation, anxiety, depression and suicide
The health care labour market
Global migratory flows of healthcare professionals.