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221.695.01 Seminar in Humanitarian Health

International Health
3rd term
1 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
East Baltimore
Wed 01/31/2018 - Wed 05/02/2018
Class Times:
Seminar dates are: 3rd Term: Jan 31, Feb 7, 21; Mar 14 4th Term: Mar 28, Apr 11, 25, May 2
  • Wednesday,  12:00 - 1:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Paul Spiegel
Course Instructors:

What are the latest trends and issues in humanitarian emergencies?

Health in emergencies cannot be separated from politics and human rights.

We need to learn from experts and practitioners, but also to debate and interact.

Introduces important and evolving issues in global humanitarian health from various perspectives including experts, practitioner, policymakers and academics. Examines trending issues such as new emergencies, politics, human rights, humanitarian architecture, leadership, cash transfers, innovative financing among others. Allows for in-depth discussion and debate on these issues with faculty. Prepares students to explore practicums, internships, develop capstone projects, and apply to careers in the humanitarian health field.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Explain new and evolving concepts, policies, and interventions in humanitarian emergencies and disasters
  2. Apply concepts, policies and interventions to different contexts and scenarios using current emergencies
  3. Analyze key issues in humanitarian health including (but not limited to) models in program financing, sector-specific interventions, and solutions for refugees, displaced populations and others affected by crisis.
  4. Identify key elements of the humanitarian health architecture and important organizations involved in program interventions, policy, and research.
  5. Critique existing humanitarian interventions and responses at global, regional and national levels.
Methods of Assessment:

participation - 20%
class exercises - 40%
proposal - 40%

Enrollment Restriction:

Only students signed up for the MPH Concentration Health in Crisis and Humanitarian Assistance, or the Certificate in Humanitarian Assistance

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Meets every twice a month starting on 1/31/18 until 5/5/18, and again from 1/31/18 to 5/2/18. Must have taken the same seminar 1st and 2nd terms. Grade will be given at the end of 4th term. Seminar dates are: 3rd Term: Jan 31, Feb 7, 21; Mar 14 4th Term: Mar 28, Apr 11, 25, May 2