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Securing Food Assistance and Nutrition in Humanitarian Emergencies

2nd term
Online Programs for Applied Learning
2 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Asynchronous Online
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Shannon Doocy

604.601.86 Public Health in Humanitarian Emergencies


Nutrition and food security are fundamental elements of all humanitarian responses and critical to ensuring population well-being.

Introduces food security, including the components of food security, causes for the deterioration of food security in humanitarian emergencies and nutritional deficiencies in humanitarian settings. Provides an overview of food and nutrition standards, nutrition surveys and response programming, including organizations involved in nutrition and food assistance and common programmatic interventions used in response to food crises. Addresses food assistance strategies, including in-kind assistance, cash transfers and livelihoods programming, as well as preventative and curative nutrition programs.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Define common nutritional deficiencies in emergencies and specify how these should be corrected
  2. Assess population nutrition status and household food security
  3. Select strategies for targeting, providing and monitoring food assistance
  4. Recommend strategies for food assistance in the emergency context, including policy factors, key organizations involved in provision of food assistance, and current food crises
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 60% Assignments
  • 10% Participation
  • 30% Problem sets

Enrollment Restriction:

Restricted to students enrolled in the MAS in Humanitarian Health

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Section 86 is for OPAL students. Other students can enroll in section 81 (if offered).