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Introduction to Humanitarian Emergencies

East Baltimore
1st term
International Health
3 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  3:30 - 4:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Shannon Doocy

Introduces different types of humanitarian emergencies, humanitarian architecture and provides an overview of sectoral focus areas of humanitarian response. Informs students of the environment in which these emergencies occur and how public health responses in various types of emergencies and contexts differ. Explores mechanisms of preparedness, management of response to humanitarian emergencies and long-term recovery.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Define a humanitarian emergency and list the types of public health needs they create
  2. List the common types of humanitarian emergencies and indicate their relative importance in terms of the size of the affected population and mortality.
  3. Discuss responses to different types of humanitarian emergencies and how priorities may differ by location and type of emergency.
  4. Describe humanitarian architecture , coordination mechanisms and list the organizations that are engaged in humanitarian response.
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation based on quizzes (4 @ 10% each), assignments (2 @ 25% each) and attendance (10%).

Instructor Consent:

No consent required