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221.639.81 Health Care in Humanitarian Emergencies

International Health
1st term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2016 - 2017
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Gilbert Burnham
Course Instructor:

Introduction to Online Learning.


Addresses provision of basic health requirements for refugees and coordination of care among agencies concerned with them. Topics include epidemiologic assessment and control of communicable disease; nutrition and environmental sanitation; logistical support; and resettlement issues. Students or guest speakers present topics for group discussion.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Conduct an initial assessment of a refugee population to determine priority health needs
  2. Name the key organizations which respond to refugee crises and list their mandates and responsibilities
  3. Apply epidemiological skills to assess nutritional status of a displaced population
  4. Appropriately follow ethical guidelines in providing assistance
  5. Take appropriate measures to prevent and control outbreaks of epidemic diseases among displaced populations
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation based on oral presentations or papers.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required