Skip Navigation

Course Directory

Measurement Methods in Humanitarian Emergencies

East Baltimore
2nd term
International Health
2 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Thursday,  1:30 - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Shannon Doocy

221.613 Introduction to Humanitarian Emergencies OR 604.601 Public Health in Humanitarian Emergencies


Gives 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 can describe the assessment process in the various phases of humanitarian emergencies. Students are able to describe a variety of methods, both qualitative and quantitative, used in field-based assessments of humanitarian settings.

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
  • 40% Quizzes
  • 10% In-class Exercises

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Consent required for auditors and undergrads

For consent, contact:

Special Comments:

Consent required for auditors and undergraduate students