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Public Health Humanitarian Emergencies

1st term
Online Programs for Applied Learning
4 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Asynchronous Online
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Paul Spiegel

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


Introduces different types of humanitarian emergencies, humanitarian architecture and provides an overview of sectoral focus areas of humanitarian response. Informs students of the environment in which these emergencies occur and how public health responses in various types of emergencies and contexts differ. The course explores mechanisms of preparedness, management of response to acute and prolonged humanitarian emergencies as well as long-term recovery.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Define a humanitarian emergency and list the types of public health needs each type may create
  2. List the common types of humanitarian emergencies and indicate their relative importance in terms of the size of the affected population and mortality
  3. Explain humanitarian architecture, coordination mechanisms and the organizations that are engaged in humanitarian response
  4. Analyze responses to different types of humanitarian emergencies and how priorities may differ by location and type of emergency
  5. Critique case studies of different humanitarian settings and their response
  6. Appraise the current and future challenges that face humanitarian action
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 30% Assignments
  • 30% Quizzes
  • 30% Assignments
  • 10% Discussion Board

Enrollment Restriction:

Only non-OPAL students. OPAL MAS students should enroll in 604.601.86

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

This section is only for non-OPAL students. OPAL MAS students should enroll in 604.601.86