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Measurement Methods in Humanitarian Emergencies

2nd term
International Health
2 credits
Academic Year:
2020 - 2021
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Thursday,  1:30 - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Courtland Robinson

221.613 Introduction to Humanitarian Emergencies


Gives students a basic understanding and skills needed for measurement of populations and health indicators in humanitarian emergencies, particularly when conventional methods may not always be appropriate. Provides an introduction to various types of assessment methods, including rapid and participatory assessments, qualitative and quantitative methods, different sampling approaches and surveillance systems. Appropriate for students intending to be humanitarian practitioners or for researchers who wish to have basic understanding of the range of methods applied and common challenges encountered when working in humanitarian contexts.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe the objectives and common challenges to assessment in humanitarian settings
  2. Make informed decisions about the selection of measurement methods in humanitarian settings
  3. Gain experience with various measurement methods in a classroom setting that can be applied in humanitarian contexts
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation is based on a combination of two assignments (50% of final grade), two quizzes (40% of final grade) and attendance (10%).
A one point deduction will be applied for each day an assignment is submitted late.

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Consent required for auditors and undergrads

For consent, contact:

Special Comments:

Consent required for auditors and undergraduate students