Welcome to Refugee Health Care. This course will serve as an introduction to a subject of steadily increasing importance: the provision of basic health requirements for refugees and the coordination of care among the agencies concerned with them. Although the main concern of the course is with refugees in developing countries, reference will be made to issues of refugees in developed countries as well. It will also consider the plight of the internally displaced, refugees in all but name. In this decade of political realignment and increasing instability, the international health community must be prepared to cope with the health needs of the rapidly increasing numbers of refugees and internationally displaced persons worldwide.
For a list of specific course topics, please refer to the Schedule
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Dr. Gilbert Burnham, MD, MPH, PhD
Center for Refugees and Disaster Studies
615 North Wolfe Street, Room E8132
Baltimore, MD 21205
Phone: (410) 955-3928
Fax: (410) 614-1419
Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.
Students should be familiar with the policies and procedures specified under Policy and Procedure Manual Student-01 (Academic Ethics), available on the school’s http://my.jhsph.edu portal.
The faculty, staff and students of the Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins University have the shared responsibility to conduct themselves in a manner that upholds the law and respects the rights of others. Students enrolled in the School are subject to the Student Conduct Code (detailed in Policy and Procedure Manual Student-06) and assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner which upholds the law and respects the rights of others. They are responsible for maintaining the academic integrity of the institution and for preserving an environment conducive to the safe pursuit of the School's educational, research, and professional practice missions.
Please refer to the RHC Syllabus document in the Online Library for a detailed list of all the course "Readings" and "Resources" for each lecture.
Required materials for this course include the following:
You can order the textbook and CD-ROM through course administration by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You'll need to provide your name and mailing address. The materials will be mailed to you along with an invoice. You will also be billed for shipping. A credit card authorization form will be included in the mailing with the invoice.
* For students with additional interests in specific areas, various reading resources are posted in the Online Library, categorized as "Resources." These are not required readings. There are many more reading materials you can get in full text journals online at WelchWeb. You are encouraged to carry out additional Web searches for background materials for your paper.
All assignments should be submitted no later than the due date posted on the course schedule.
There are no examinations in this course. At the beginning of the course, please introduce yourself to the class via a BBS posting.
Your course grade will be based on the following:
Case studies: 10% of your final grade (5% for each case study). Completing each case study will entail reading the text of the case study, and then answering a set of questions, which will be posted online.
Quizzes: 30% of your grade will be based on five quizzes covering the course module materials. Quizzes will be posted and submitted online.
Final paper: 60% of your final grade. This paper is to be submitted by each student. It should be about 2,500 words in length and should be well researched and referenced. It may cover any subject of interest to you that concerns refugees or displaced persons.
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