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

Summer Institute
International Health
Academic Year
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method
Synchronous Online
Start Date
Monday, July 11, 2022
End Date
Friday, July 22, 2022
Class Time(s)
M, Tu, W, Th, F, 9:00am - 4:50pm
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
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. Covers related issues such as conflict origins and conflict resolution, international humanitarian law, human rights, human security, and humanitarian ethics. Addresses real-world problems relating to providing public health services to displaced populations or populations affected by disasters. Shares extensive field experience in emergency situations with faculty from many backgrounds. 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% Participation
  • 50% Final Paper