How to Use the eLearning Site

Welcome to Refugee and Elderly Global Health e-Learning Program, the world’s first CanMeds-based global health e-learning program.

Each module is authored by an expert in the field and organized with competency-based learning objectives, interactive case studies, core learning content, video case discussions and links to additional on-line resources. A brief overview of each module takes 10-15 minutes, but there are many layers of interactive on-line resources to provide learners with an opportunity for an in-depth learning experience.

We recommend that you start with the Introduction Module which provides an overview of the e-learning program and a Global Health Education Framework that outlines competencies and values and principles that are important for practitioners of global health.

Navigation is easy– when in the modules, just use the Next and Previous links at the bottom of the page, or use the left-hand menu to change between modules. Should you get off course, simply return to the start page or use the Welcome! link on the top menu.

Anyone utilizing these modules does so at their own risk. We appreciate comments and feedback regarding the e-Learning Program, so please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you exploring the Refugees and Elderly Global Health e-Learning Program!


  • Communicator (Medical Interpretation):
    experience how communication can impact the quality of health care
  • Medical Expert (The X-Factor):
    learn unique health needs and health care access barriers of newly arriving refugees
  • Advocate (Being Human):
    explore the field of social justice with health advocates
  • Professional (Cross Cultures):
    find out how working in the field can turn your professional identify upside down
  • Collaborator (Teamwork):
    appreciate the role of interdisciplinary collaboration, community engagement and provider networks
  • Leader (Against All Odds):
    discover the importance of good manager skills in resource limited settings
  • Scholar (Foundations):
    uncover the role of science and scholarly work in global health

Suggested Citation

Pottie K, Gruner D, Ferreyra M, Ratnayake A, Ezzat O, Ponka D, Rashid M, Kellam H, Sun R., K. Miller & K., Merritt (2019). Refugee and Elderly Global Health: A Global Health E-Learning Program, Canadian Collaboration for Immigrant and Refugee Health (CCIRH) and the University of Ottawa, Canada. Available from


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