Interdisciplinary Program in Forced Displacement Studies


68.5 million people were forcibly displaced by wars and persecution by the end of 2017, constituting an unprecedented global refugee crisis and a trend that has continued for five years. The goal of the Interdisciplinary Program in Forced Displacement Studies (IPFDS) is to train and inspire the next generation of scholars, global health engineers, public health professionals, and humanitarian workers focused on generating sustainable, impactful interventions in the global refugee crisis.

The Interdisciplinary Program for Forced Displacement Studies partners with the American University of Beirut in Lebanon, La Universidad de Los Andes’ School of Government in Colombia, and Makerere University in Uganda to provide students with the tools and skills to conduct research in crisis contexts and to design humanitarian solutions. Students participate in ongoing, established efforts to respond to issues of forced displacement through work with local NGO’s and government institutions and policymakers on the ground that provide a unique opportunity for students to recognize challenges and identify opportunities to improve the health and wellbeing of displaced populations in each country.