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Seminar in Humanitarian Health

East Baltimore
3rd term
International Health
0.5 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Wednesday,  12:00 - 1:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Course Instructors:
Paul Spiegel

What are the latest trends and issues in humanitarian emergencies?

Can health in emergencies be separated from politics and human rights?

How can we learn from both subject-matter experts and practitioners, and to debate and interact?

Introduces important and evolving issues in global humanitarian health from various perspectives including experts, practitioner, policymakers and academics. Examines trending issues such as new emergencies, politics, human rights, humanitarian architecture, leadership, cash transfers, innovative financing among others. Prepares students to explore practicums, internships, develop capstone projects, and apply to careers in the humanitarian health field.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Explain new and evolving concepts, policies, and interventions in humanitarian emergencies and disasters
  2. Apply concepts, policies and interventions to different contexts and scenarios using current emergencies
  3. Analyze key issues in humanitarian health including (but not limited to) models in program financing, sector-specific interventions, and solutions for refugees, displaced populations and others affected by crisis.
  4. Identify key elements of the humanitarian health architecture and important organizations involved in program interventions, policy, and research.
  5. Critique existing humanitarian interventions and responses at global, regional and national levels.
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 40% Participation
  • 30% Assignments
  • 30% Capstone/Practicum preparation

Enrollment Restriction:

Only students signed up for the MPH Concentration Health in Crisis and Humanitarian Assistance, or the Certificate in Humanitarian Assistance

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Meets every twice a month from 1st to 4th terms, except for winter break. Grade will be given at the end of 2nd and 4th terms. Seminar dates: Feb 1 Feb 15 Mar 1 Mar 15