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Department: International Health
Term: 2nd term
Credits: 2 credits
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructors:

Gives students an understanding and skills needed in the measurement of populations and health indicators in humanitarian emergencies, when conventional measurement methods cannot be utilized. Includes assessment methods, sampling approaches in a variety of emergency situations, design and conduct of surveys, and the analysis and presentation of results. Includes discussions and examples of active and passive surveillance methods for refugee and other emergency situations. Both qualitative and quantitative methods will be presented.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
define and classify disaster types, to describe the phases of a humanitarian emergency, and to describe the assessment process in emergencies
describe the basic principles and uses of demography and epidemiology in humanitarian contexts
describe (and, in some cases, practice) a selection of methods, both qualitative and quantitative, used in field-based assessments of humanitarian emergencies
develop and present a critique of a reading assignment

Methods of Assessment: Based on final paper or group presentation and class participation
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Thursday 1:30 - 3:20
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Enrollment Maximum: 40
Instructor Consent: Consent required for some students

Consent required for auditors and undergrads

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Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail