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Assessment Approaches in Humanitarian Settings

1st term
Online Programs for Applied Learning
3 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Shannon Doocy

604.601.86 Public Health in Humanitarian Emergencies


Humanitarian settings present unique methodological challenges. Become familiar with commonly used methodologies and challenges in emergency contexts.

The goal of the course is to give students an overview of selected field-based methods used in humanitarian emergencies to measure basic health indicators and demographic characteristics of affected populations. Upon completion, students will be able to describe the assessment process in the various phases of humanitarian emergencies. Students will also be able to describe a variety of methods, both qualitative and quantitative, used in field-based assessments of humanitarian emergencies. These include: qualitative assessments, quantitative surveys. population estimation, and site planning.

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:

Assignments (2) - each 25% of final grade
Exercises (2) - each 10% of final grade
Quizzes (3) - each 10% of final grade

Enrollment Restriction:

Restricted to students in MAS in Humanitarian Health

Instructor Consent:

No consent required