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221.613.01 Introduction to Humanitarian Emergencies

International Health
1st term
2 credits
Academic Year:
2012 - 2013
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tuesday,  5:00 - 6:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Gilbert Burnham
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 Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. define a disaster and list the types of public health needs they create
  2. list the common types of disasters and indicate the numbers of persons affected and dead from these in the previous year
  3. discuss the common public reactions to disasters and list the myths which are associated with disasters
  4. list the organizations and groups which take the lead in the response to disasters
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation based on class participation.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required