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Assessment Approaches in Humanitarian Settings

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

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


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:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 50% Assignments
  • 30% Quizzes
  • 20% Written Assignment(s)

Enrollment Restriction:

Section is only open to non-OPAL students. Students in OPAL programs should enroll in 604.701.86 instead.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required