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Health Care in Humanitarian Emergencies


2nd term
International Health
3 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Synchronous Online
Class Times:
  • M W,  5:30 - 6:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Gilbert Burnham
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only

Some students taking this course will have completed the Introduction to Humanitarian Emergencies. However, completion of this course, while helpful, is not required.


Introduces the provision of basic health requirements for refugees other displaced populations. This includes the health of persons displaced by conflict as well as natural and man-made disasters. Although its main concern is with the health needs or those displaced in low and middle-income countries it also touches on the issue of persons resettled to developed countries. Addresses epidemiologic assessment, control of communicable and noncommunicable diseases, nutrition, mental health needs, establishing and managing health services, reproductive health services, ethical decision making, application of International Humanitarian law, and coordinating activities among agencies in international contexts.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Determine the health needs of a disaster affected population
  2. Discuss how a health surveillance system would be designed
  3. Outline the principal components of reproductive health services
  4. Examine the approaches suitable for mental health problems among displaced populations and the ethical issues in prioritizing health services in humanitarian emergencies
  5. Explain the components of primary and secondary health services for displaced populations
  6. Analyze how both communicable and non-communicable diseases would be managed for a displaced population
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 20% Case studies
  • 20% Quizzes
  • 10% Participation
  • 50% Final Paper

Instructor Consent:

No consent required