Refugee Health Provider Resources

If you are a healthcare provider serving refugees, the resources below may help you in your work.

Bridging the Gap Medical Interpreter Training

Bridging the Gap (BTG) is a 64-hour professional development program that prepares bilingual individuals to work as medical interpreters. BTG is used to train both novice and experienced medical interpreters and is the first step towards national certification. Both accredited national certifying bodies, the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI) and the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters (NBCMI), accept BTG.

Click here for detailed information.


University of Minnesota Introduction to Immigrant and Refugee Health Online Course

This 7-hour, lecture-based introductory course is offered free of charge. Lectures included are presented by global health experts.

University of Minnesota Online Global Health Course

This online course consists of seven modules. Individuals can register for the entire course or for one or more individual modules. Course content is updated annually and each module includes recorded lectures, downloadable presentation slides, pre- and post-tests, knowledge quizzes, plus optional bonus materials and case studies. Each of the 7-course modules is eligible for the American Medical Association Physician’s Recognition Award (RPA) Category 1 Credit and Continuing Education Units.


  • Introduction to Health Care for Immigrant and Refugee Populations
  • Disaster Response and Clinical Medicine in Resource-limited Settings
  • Public Health and Non-communicable Disease in Developing Countries
  • Parasitic Infections
  • Bacterial, Mycobacterial and Fungal Infections
  • Viral Infections
  • Travel Medicine


North American Refugee Health Conference

The North America Refugee Health Conference is recognized as the premier conference for those who work with refugee populations. The conference is held annually and the location alternates between Toronto, Canada and the United States. See links below for details.