About The Course
Welcome Message

Welcome to the CoursePlus Web site for FOOD/NUTRITION AND LIVELIHOOD IN HUMANITARIAN EMERGENCIES (221.611.01), a course offered by the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Course Description

Examines food aid, food insecurity, and nutritional deficiencies as they appear in different types of humanitarian emergencies. Discusses profiles of major international relief organizations involved in nutrition and food delivery and common programmatic interventions used in response to food crises. Presents data and issues related to current global food-shortages with an emphasis on development of practical skills and knowledge that can be applied in field settings. Students learn to appraise and compare nutrition content, cost, and logistical considerations associated with large-scale feeding programs, assess nutrition status, and consider factors contributing to food security at both the household and regional levels.

Course Learning Objectives

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  • define common nutritional deficiencies in emergencies, and specify how these should be corrected
  • assess the nutrition status of a population and food security at the household level
  • determine how a food should be distributed, monitored, and targeted
  • Discuss the dynamics of food aid in the emergency context, including policy factors, key organizations involved in provision of food assistance, determinants of receipt of aid, and the location and basis for current food shortages

Course Time

Wed   8:30 AM to 10:20 AM

Course Faculty


Intended Audience

masters and doctoral students

Grading Policy & Grading Restrictions

Grading Policy: Student evaluation based on attendance and series of assignments.

Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

Administrative Contact

Shannon Doocy
E-mail: sdoocy@jhsph.edu