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Department: International Health
Term: 1st term
Credits: 2 credits
Contact: Gilbert Burnham
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructors:

Introduces basic types of public health emergencies, both manmade and natural and reviews public health skills used for conflict and disasters. Informs students of the environment in which these emergencies occur and how public health responses to each differ. Students learn which skills are neeeded to address nutritional, water and sanitation, and health needs, as well as the role of surveillance and information systems. Explores mechanisms and management of response to emergencies.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
define a disaster and list the types of public health needs they create
list the common types of disasters and indicate the numbers of persons affected and dead from these in the previous year
discuss the common public reactions to disasters and list the myths which are associated with disasters
list the organizations and groups which take the lead in the response to disasters

Methods of Assessment: Student evaluation based on class participation.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tuesday 5:00 - 6:50
Enrollment Minimum: 15
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail