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The Center for Refugee and Disaster Relief


H.E.L.P. Course Instructors
(Subject to availability)

Gilbert Burnham, MD, MSc, PhD, is the Course Director for the Health Emergencies in Large Populations Summer Institute.  He serves as Co-Director of the Center for Refugee and Disaster Response and is a Professor of International Health, Division of Community Health and Health Systems, at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Burnham has worked for 15 years in Malawi and Zambia.

Patricia Bittner currently works with the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) Disaster Unit in Washington D.C.

Eric Brenner, MD, is a medical epidemiologist who teaches in the MPH programs at the University of South Carolina and at the University of Geneva (Switzerland).  He has nearly 30 years experience in local, national, and global communicable disease control programs.

Claude deVille worked for PAHO for many years as a leader in disaster management and now consults widely on disasters around the world.

Pierre Perrin, MPH, is a member of the International Committee of the Red Cross, established the HELP course over 10 years ago, and has written widely on public health and war.

Sandra Krause is the Director, Reproductive Health Project Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children.

Michael Hoffman is a lawyer and faculty member with the US Army Command and General Staff College and specializes in International Humanitarian Law.

James Cobey, MD, is an orthopedist who began his work in landmines with a historic survey in Cambodia.

Susan Martin, PhD, is the Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM) at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

Delon Human, president of the World Medical Association based in Geneva, has taken a major role in shaping and promoting the Helsinki Declaration on ethics and medical research.

Les Roberts, PhD, is an engineer and epidemiologist. He works on areas of conflict and health and serves on the faculty of the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Robert Lawrence, MD, is the Director, Center for a Livable Future and Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  Dr. Lawrence is a founder of Physicians for Human Rights.

Michael O’Neil, the director for the Peace Corps in Washington, D.C., has participated in establishing new approaches for this and other non-governmental organization to protect staff in emergencies.

Earl Wall, MS, is a research associate and director of development for the Center for Refugee and Disaster Response at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

W. Courtland Robinson, PhD, is a demographer specializing in measurement methods in emergencies and an Assistant Professor of International Health, Division of Health Systems at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of PUblic Health.

Steve Hansch is an independent consultant on food and nutrition in emergencies.

Diane Paul is a social worker who has specialized in the protection of vulnerable populations in conflicts in many parts of the world.

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