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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

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


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:

Only non-OPAL students. OPAL MAS students should enroll in 604.721.86

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Students in MPH, MSPH, DrPH, PhD and other non-OPAL programs. OPAL students should enroll in 604.721.86 instead.