Human Trafficking Training for Healthcare Professionals

Course Available
3 Units
Online Self-Paced

Course Description

End Human Trafficking:  Recognize the Signs from the Healthcare Frontline

Human trafficking is a modern form of slavery involving the use of force, fraud, or coercion to induce an individual to perform labor or commercial sex acts. Healthcare workers are on the frontline of recognizing and caring for trafficked persons. Up to 68% of trafficked persons access health care while being trafficked with 56% of these individuals being seen in an emergency department. Yet despite the extent of the problem, only a small percentage (as low as 2%) of healthcare providers and emergency personnel have received training on human trafficking. This course trains medical personnel and students about the phenomenon of human trafficking, how to recognize red flags and health problems associated with trafficking, and provide safe and appropriate health care for trafficked persons.

25% discount for three or more participants from the same institution/organization when enrolling simultaneously as a group.  Contact program coordinator for arrangements at [email protected].

Course Details

Number of Units: 3.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for medical professionals, healthcare workers, and nursing and medical students who are interested in learning how to identify possible human trafficking victims to end the cycle.

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Course Date Units Price
HLTH-X840 – 001 Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 3 $599

Human Trafficking Training for Healthcare Professionals

Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled
Online Self-Paced

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What You Will Learn

  • Define human trafficking and describe types of human trafficking
  • Differentiate facts from myths about human trafficking
  • Explain vulnerability factors and conditions that put people at risk of being trafficked
  • Identify red flags and indicators for recognizing potential trafficking victims
  • Analyze the impacts of human trafficking on survivors
  • Use a protocol for evaluating and responding to potential victims of human trafficking


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Online Self-Paced

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How is the self-paced course structured? Like fixed-date courses, online self-paced courses are asynchronous meaning that you can work on your assignments anytime; the difference being there are no assigned due dates in self-paced courses. The content is divided into learning modules. Each module will cover one or more topics. Within each of the learning modules, you can expect the following components:

  • Module introduction that outlines what you can expect to learn in the module.
  • Required readings (textbook, articles, journals, websites, etc.) and presentations (audio and/or video).
  • Assignments (which may include: written assignments, quizzes, blogs, etc.) based on the readings and presentations.
  • Module conclusion to review the topics and what you should have learned.
  • Typically, there is a final project, paper, or exam due in the last module that culminates all of the topics covered in each of the learning modules. You’ll find that the design of the learning modules has a rhythm to help you manage your time in the course.

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