Forthcoming: Master of Science in Health and Poverty (tentative date 2019)

October 01, 2017

The proposed Master of Science in Health and Poverty (MHP) focuses primarily on populations such as migrants, refugees, and the marginalized. The program combines health issues and policies, health economics, and physical and psychological trauma, with the cultural and communicative competencies necessary to deal with these at risk population.

The innovative curriculum of the proposed MHP considers the components described above from four different approaches: the macro, the subjective, the communicative and the intentional that stand like four pillars around the central issue of health and poverty.


The Four Approaches

In fields such as Epidemiology, Statistics, Economy, the macro approach objectifies the patient by reading and/or interpreting his/her human life in statistical variables of population studies.

In fields such as Cultural Anthropology, Psychology, Spirituality, the subjective approach, notwithstanding the causes of illness, looks at it as a unique and traumatic experience linked to the culture, the psychology and spirituality of each individual.

In fields such as Cultural Anthropology and Linguistics, the communicative approach takes into consideration the social, ethnic and cultural diversities and compels the health worker to improve his/her skills of Cultural and Communicative Competence.

In fields such as Politics, Ethics, Human Rights Studies, the intentional approach studies the political ideology behind the public and private actions taken to help the poor and marginalized.

The end result will be graduates who will attain realistic perspectives for transforming the current health policies and practices, sensitize health institutions to cultural diversity, stigma and trauma, avoiding the stereotypes related to poverty and migration, and meet the needs of the sick and the poor, migrants, and the marginalized through a deeper understanding of the individual and the collective factors affecting their lives.

MA In Global Development and Social Justice

RIID collaborated with St. John’s University in developing a Master’s degree online in Global Development and Social Justice. For the Master, RIID provided the funding for 15 scholarships, its campus in Rome for the onsite courses, and four professors to teach the following courses: Health Care Issues in Global Development, Introductory Seminar, Migration and Global Development, and the final Integrating Seminar . The collaboration ended in 2012 when the program was financially absorbed by the university.

Master in Medicine of Migration, Poverty and Marginalized People (In italian)

November 09, 2010

-MEMP (Master in the Medicine of Marginalization, Migrations and Poverty). (A two year graduate specialization offered in Italian in Rome in partnership with the Idente Foundation for study and Research).


This Master’s degree aims at training medical doctors, nurses, obstetricians, pharmacists, psychologists, social workers, volunteers, workers in health related fields and in non-profit organizations. The objective is to promote knowledge through a techno-social service related, cultural and sociological preparation that goes beyond the specific professional aspects, to include causes and effects of the socio-political conditions that create poverty and social and cultural discrimination.

Certificate in "Meaningful Vision of Human development"

January 05, 2011

This online course looks at the various interpretations of the word "meaningful" from the sociological, philosophical, anthropological aspect to verify its content and limit.Primitive societies are usually pregnant in terms of density of meaning. Modern societies are free and democratic but with a lack of meaning, with consequent depression and boredom well described in scientific literature, the arts, the media etc..

Thus, saying “It is meaningful” is not enough. A meaningful society may be very dangerous if its values in terms of power, hierarchy, management of freedom, are prejudicial for the lives of people. Furthermore, a society can ground its quest for meaning on various kinds of ideology, producing the evils of terrorism and fanaticism.

Certificate Program in Participatory Methods for Research and Assessment

July 06, 2011

This workshop reviews community-based approaches to integral and sustainable development.

Ethnographic methods are highlighted that

emphasizes human-centered participation in data collection, assessment and decision making.

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