Introduction to Immigrant and Refugee Health Course

This 7-hour, lecture-based introductory course in immigrant and refugee health is offered free of charge. Lectures included here are by global health experts who also lecture for our annual Global Health Course.

If you are a student or practicing provider, please take advantage of this free short course on immigrant and refugee health. If you live in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, you are also welcome to attend our monthly Global Medicine Lecture Series events and other global health educational programming. In this free course we are not able to offer CME/CEU credit, however for practitioners who are interested in receiving CME/CEU credit, we offer the Clinical Tropical Medicine & Online Global Health Curriculum and other specialty-specific offerings.

Registration Process

This course is on the Canvas platform, so you'll need to apply for a guest ID in order to participate:

1. Apply for guest ID 

2. Log in to Canvas using your new guest ID. If you are not able to log in, please contact the Help Desk at and ask them to add your account to the Canvas database so that you can proceed.

3. After successfully logging in, you can self-enroll.

In addition to this free intro course, you are also welcome to attend our monthly Global Medicine Lecture Series events and other U of M Department of Medicine global health educational programming. For providers who are interested in receiving CME/CEU credit, we offer the Clinical Tropical Medicine & Global Health Curriculum.


In addition to viewing the lectures provided within the Introduction to Global Health course, we recommend:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Parasites Index
An alphabetic list of parasitic diseases that includes photos, epidemiology and risk factors, diagnosis and treatment information for each parasite, plus links to accredited CME training materials offered by the CDC.

CDC Traveler Health/Yellow Book
The definitive resource for travel medicine, including health-related travel notices, plus safe travel resources, country-specific disease information, and training materials. Particularly useful for your patient who is a VFR (visiting friends and relatives) traveler.

Culture Care Connection
Cultural competency training for healthcare providers, organized by region. Also provides patient information translated into a number of languages.

Minnesota Department of Health Refugee Health Provider Resources
Download the refugee health assessment, which closely mirrors the CDC Guidelines for the U.S. Domestic Medical Examination for Newly Arriving Refugees. Also provides quick guides for screening for infectious diseases, mental health issues, and more.