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Health Emergencies in Large Populations (H.E.L.P.)

East Baltimore
Note: Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, this course was held in a virtual/online format.
Winter Institute
International Health
Academic Year
2020 - 2021
Instruction Method
Start Date
Monday, January 4, 2021
End Date
Friday, January 15, 2021
Class Time(s)
M, Tu, W, Th, F, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
Next Offered
2024 - 2025

This Academic Format for HELP assumes that course participants have a knowledge of epidemiological basics, and understand fundamentals of public health. Other than these assumptions there are no specific prerequisites.

Are you a public health practitioners or provider who has responsibilities for the care of populations affected by natural, man-made disasters or complex humanitarian emergencies?
Covers the basics of health care in refugee and disaster situations, including disaster epidemiology, environmental health, food and nutritional issues in emergencies, the design, and implementation of health services, and management of communicable diseases. Also covers related issues such as conflict origins and conflict resolution, international humanitarian law, human rights, human security, and humanitarian ethics. Participants address real-world problems relating to providing public health services to displaced populations or populations affected by disasters. Faculty are drawn from many backgrounds, yet all share extensive field experience in emergency situations. Incorporates the extensive experience of the International Committee of the Red Cross (Geneva) and the Pan American Health Organization (WHO) who are co-sponsors of HELP.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Apply epidemiological information toward designing and monitoring relief activities such as water and sanitation, food and nutrition, disease surveillance and control, immunization and health services
  2. Design a survey which would provide public health managers with key information on care of a displaced population
  3. Set out the key organizational actions to be taken after a sudden onset disaster
  4. Determine what relief activities are protected under International Humanitarian Law
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 50% Final Paper
  • 20% Presentation(s)
  • 20% Group Work
  • 10% Participation
Special Comments

This course will be taught virtually via zoom during the days and times it meets. Students are required to complete a short online module in the months prior to starting class in January.