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221.695.01 Seminar in Humanitarian Health

International Health
1st term
1 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
East Baltimore
Wed 09/13/2017 - Wed 12/13/2017
Class Times:
  • 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%
Practicum or capstone topic development - 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 8/30/17 until 12/13/17, and again from 1/31/18 to 5/2/18. Must retake the seminar in 3rd and 4th terms. Grade will be given at the end of 2nd term. Seminar dates are: 1st Term: Sep 13, 27; Oct 11, 25 2nd Term: Nov 8, 22; Dec 6, 13