INTHE4122 – Migration and Health

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Mobility is inherent to human civilization, and with deepening globalization and increased connectivity, transnational migration has become a defining global issue of the 21st century. Numerous factors combined shape the mobility of people and populations within and across borders, including armed conflict, political oppression and natural disasters, but also changing transnational migration policies and an international order that deepens economic inequalities. Health is implicated in these current migrations processes in different ways, both as a driver to and an outcome of migration for individuals and populations. Migration  also poses political and social challenge for public health, for health equity and for the organization and provision of good quality health care. 

This course draw attention to both current and historical migration trends and concomitant health problems, including infectious disease, maternal health, violence and mental health. Moreover, student will learn about national and global actors that govern migration, and institutions and organizations involved in the provision of health care to refugees, displaced populations, and labour migrants with both regular and irregular status.

Learning outcome


At the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Explain historical and current migration trends and trajectories
  • Describe central theories of mobility and migration
  • Outline the main health problems associated with the different phases and forms of migration
  • Describe global actors and institutions involved in providing access to health care for migrant and populations
  • Explain national and international frameworks that govern migration, including rights and access to health care


You will learn to:

  • Analyse migration as a determinant of health 
  • Critically discuss historical, structural, social and environmental factors influencing migration processes and their associated distribution of health, illness and access to health care 
  • Map and assess international actors’ roles, efforts and challenges in providing health care in refugees camps 
  • Use central theoretical concepts in migration and health studies
  • Identify the methodological considerations in studies of migration and health

General competence

You will be able to:

  • Participate in informed and engaged discussions about ongoing migration processes and events. 


  • Students enrolled at the master programme in International Community Health or Tverrfaglig helseforskning will get priority to the course, if they register in Studentweb before 10 January. The latest deadline to register and apply for the course in Studentweb is February 1.
  • Students enrolled in other master’s programmes at the UIO can, on application before 10 January via our application form, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme. We prioritize students at other programmes at the Institute and Faculty. You will get an answer latest 20 January.
  • External applicants, not already enrolled as a student at UIO, are welcome to apply via our application form before 10 January with all relevant documents. Applicants who have not attached all the necessary documents will not get admission. You will need to document 1) upper secondary education, 2) higher education and 3) English language proficiency. Please see the form for more information. You would also need a specialization either within health sciences or social sciences. You will get an answer latest 20 January.


Access to teaching

The course consists of lectures, seminars and group work. 


Home exam

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit your assignment.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

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The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

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