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221.641.01 Measurement Methods in Humanitarian Emergencies

International Health
2nd term
2 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
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 Instructor s:

221.613 Introduction to Humanitarian Emergencies


Gives students a basic understanding and skills needed for measurement of populations and health indicators in humanitarian emergencies, particularly when conventional methods may not always be appropriate. Provides an introduction to various types of assessment methods, including rapid and participatory assessments, qualitative and quantitative methods, different sampling approaches and surveillance systems. Appropriate for students intending to be humanitarian practitioners or for researchers who wish to have basic understanding of the range of methods applied and common challenges encountered when working in humanitarian contexts.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe the objectives and common challenges to assessment in humanitarian settings
  2. Make informed decisions about the selection of measurement methods in humanitarian settings
  3. Gain experience with various measurement methods in a classroom setting that can be applied in humanitarian contexts
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation will be based on a combination of two assignments (60% of final grade) and two quizzes (40% of final grade).

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Consent required for auditors and undergrads

For consent, contact: