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221.611.01 Food Security and Nutrition in Humanitarian Emergencies

International Health
4th term
2 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Wednesday,  8:30 - 10:20am
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Shannon Doocy
Course Instructor :

221.613 Introduction to Humanitarian Emergencies OR 221.615 Health Emergencies in Large Populations


Examines food insecurity and nutritional deficiencies as they appear in different types of humanitarian emergencies. Discusses the profiles of international relief organizations involved in nutrition and food assistance are presented and common nutrition and food assistance interventions in emergency settings. Factors contributing to food insecurity are considered and various response modalities, including in-kind assistance and cash-based approaches, are discussed. Students learn to appraise and compare content, cost, and logistical considerations associated with large-scale food assistance programs and become familiar with nutrition surveys and curative nutrition programs. Emphasizes development of practical skills and knowledge that can be applied in field settings.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Define common nutritional deficiencies in emergencies and specify how these should be corrected
  2. Assess population nutrition status and household food security
  3. Determine how a food assistance should be targeted, provided and monitored
  4. Discuss the dynamics of food assistance in the emergency context, including policy factors, key organizations involved in provision of food assistance, and current food crises
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation based on a series of assignments (85%) and attendance/participation in class discussions (15%)

Instructor Consent:

No consent required