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Health Needs and Service Provision in Humanitarian Emergencies

Course Status

1st Term
MAS Office
Academic Year
2023 - 2024
Instruction Method
Asynchronous Online
Auditors Allowed
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year

Introduction to Online Learning

This course provides an overview of health care provided to populations affected by disasters, conflicts and other humanitarian emergencies.
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 manmade disasters. Although its main concern is with the health needs of those displaced in low and middle income countries it also touches on issues of persons resettled to developed countries. Addresses epidemiologic assessments, control of communicable and non-communicable 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 health services for displaced populations
  6. Analyze how both communicable and non-communicable diseases would be managed for a displaced population
Enrollment Restriction
Restricted to students in MAS in Humanitarian Health