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Seminar in Humanitarian Health

East Baltimore
2nd Term
International Health
Academic Year
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method
Class Time(s)
Wednesday, 12:00 - 1:20pm
Auditors Allowed
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
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
Special Comments

This is the onsite section of a course that is also held virtually/online.
You are responsible for the modality in which you register. Meets every other Wednesday except for last class.
Dates are 11/04, 11/18, 12/02, 12/16