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221.641.01 Measurement Methods in Humanitarian Emergencies

International Health
2nd term
2 credits
Academic Year:
2012 - 2013
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Thursday,  1:30 - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Courtland Robinson
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 Objectives:

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

  1. define and classify disaster types, to describe the phases of a humanitarian emergency, and to describe the assessment process in emergencies
  2. describe the basic principles and uses of demography and epidemiology in humanitarian contexts
  3. describe (and, in some cases, practice) a selection of methods, both qualitative and quantitative, used in field-based assessments of humanitarian emergencies
  4. develop and present a critique of a reading assignment
Methods of Assessment:

Based on final paper or group presentation and class participation

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Consent required for auditors and undergrads

For consent, contact: