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Health Emergencies in Large Populations (H.E.L.P.)


East Baltimore
Summer Inst. term
International Health
5 credits
Academic Year:
2020 - 2021
Instruction Method:
Mon 07/13/2020 - Fri 07/31/2020
Class Times:
  • M Tu W Th F,  9:00am - 4:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Gilbert Burnham

Are you a public health practitioners or provider who has responsibilities for the care of populations affected by natural, man-made disasters or complex humanitarian emergencies?

Covers the basics of health care in refugee and disaster situations, including disaster epidemiology, environmental health, food and nutritional issues in emergencies, the design, and implementation of health services, and management of communicable diseases. Also covers related issues such as conflict origins and conflict resolution, international humanitarian law, human rights, human security, and humanitarian ethics. Participants address real-world problems relating to providing public health services to displaced populations or populations affected by disasters. Faculty are drawn from many backgrounds, yet all share extensive field experience in emergency situations. Incorporates the extensive experience of the International Committee of the Red Cross (Geneva) and the Pan American Health Organization (WHO) who are co-sponsors of HELP.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Apply epidemiological information toward designing and monitoring relief activities such as water and sanitation, food and nutrition, disease surveillance and control, immunization and health services
  2. Design a survey which would provide public health managers with key information on care of a displaced population
  3. Set out the key organizational actions to be taken after a sudden onset disaster
  4. Determine what relief activities are protected under International Humanitarian Law
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 50% Final Paper
  • 20% Presentation(s)
  • 20% Group Work
  • 10% Participation

Instructor Consent:

No consent required