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221.615.11 Health Emergencies in Large Populations (H.E.L.P.)

International Health
Summer Inst. term
5 credits
Academic Year:
2013 - 2014
East Baltimore
Mon 07/07/2014 - Fri 07/25/2014
Class Times:
  • M Tu W Th F,  9:00am - 5:00pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Gilbert Burnham
Course Instructor:

Covers the basics of health care in refugee and disaster situations, including disaster epidemiology, environmental health, food and nutritional issues in emergencies, the design, and implementation of health services, and management of communicable diseases. Also covers of conflict origins and conflict resolution, international humanitarian law, human rights and human security, and humanitarian ethics.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. apply epidemiological information toward designing and monitoring relief activities such as water and sanitation, food and nutrition, disease surveillance and control, immunization and health services;
  2. design a survey which would provide public health managers with key information on care of a displaced population;
  3. set out the key organizational actions to be taken after a sudden onset disaster;
  4. determine what relief activities are covered under International Humanitarian Law.
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation based on written work, presentations and exams.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required