221.615.11 | AY 2013-2014 - Summer Inst. Term | 5 Credit(s)
MTWThF 9:00:00 AM
  • Contact Information
    Gilbert Burnham
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • 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;
    • design a survey which would provide public health managers with key information on care of a displaced population;
    • set out the key organizational actions to be taken after a sudden onset disaster;
    • determine what relief activities are covered under International Humanitarian Law.
  • Course Description
    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. Also covers of conflict origins and conflict resolution, international humanitarian law, human rights and human security, and humanitarian ethics.
  • Intended Audience
    Intended for practitioners providing assistance to populations affected by natural disasters or conflicts and wishing further knowledge and skills.
  • Methods of Assessment
    Student evaluation based on written work, presentations and exams.
  • Required Text(s)

    Additional Faculty Notes:
    The following textbooks will be provided Handbook on War and Public Health Refugee Health Care The Johns Hopkins Red Cross Manual for Emergencies In addition there will be many references which you can download from the course website.

  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

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  • Academic Ethics Code

    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.

  • Welcome Message
    We are happy to have you participating in this course which covers the essentials in responding the the public health needs of populations affected by disasters.
  • Course topics
    We will cover the following main areas, and a variety of other areas as well: Planning for the humanitarian response Environmental Health in emergencies Food and nutrition Epidemiology and surveillance in emergencies Personal security Communicable diseases Reproductive health Basic principles of human rights Protecting vulnerable populations International Humanitarian Law Human rights law Origins of conflict Protection of refugees Protection of Prisoners of War Protection of children The health consequences of land mines Implementing public health services Mental health in displaced populations
  • Contact Information(from old syllabus)

    Rachel Goodermote

  • Course Objectives(from old syllabus)
    After the completion of this course you will be able to define emergencies, describe the planning approach for a response, outline the steps needed to address water and sanitation needs as well as a nutritional response, and undertake surveys and assessments. In addition you will be able to anticipate the types of communicable disease outbreaks likely and take appropriate measures. You will be able to respond to HIV risks among displaced populations, and understand the principles of a reproductive health program which meets a population's needs. You will lean about protection of vulnerable populations and be able to list the principles of international humanitarian law which apply to affected populations. By following the security principles, you can reduce the risks to which you and those working with you are exposed. Finally you will know the mental health risks to which affected populations are exposed, and what are common response programs.
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