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Health Needs and Service Provision in Humanitarian Emergencies

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 Instructor:
Gilbert Burnham

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses.


This course provides an overview of health care provided to populations affected by disasters, conflicts and other humanitarian emergencies.

Introduces the provision of basic health requirements for refugees other displaced populations. This includes the health of persons displaced by conflict as well as natural and manmade disasters. Although its main concern is with the health needs of those displaced in low and middle income countries it also touches on issues of persons resettled to developed countries. Addresses epidemiologic assessments, control of communicable and non-communicable diseases, nutrition, mental health needs, establishing and managing health services, reproductive health services, ethical decision making, application of International Humanitarian Law, and coordinating activities among agencies in international contexts.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Determine the health needs of a disaster-affected population
  2. Discuss how a health surveillance system would be designed
  3. Outline the principal components of reproductive health services
  4. Examine the approaches suitable for mental health problems among displaced populations and the ethical issues in prioritizing health services in humanitarian emergencies
  5. Explain the components of health services for displaced populations
  6. Analyze how both communicable and non-communicable diseases would be managed for a displaced population
Methods of Assessment:

Class participation in Livetalks and case studies: 25%
Quizzes (3): 25%
Final paper: 50%

Enrollment Restriction:

Restricted to students in MAS in Humanitarian Health

Instructor Consent:

No consent required