221.639.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 2nd Term | 3 Credit(s)
MW 5:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Gilbert Burnham
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • conduct an initial assessment of a refugee population to determine priority health needs
    • name the key organizations which respond to refugee crises and list their mandates and responsibilities
    • apply your epidemiological skills to assess nutritional status of a displaced population
    • appropriately follow ethical guidelines in providing assistance
    • take appropriate measures to prevent and control outbreaks of epidemic diseases among displaced populations
  • Course Description
    Addresses provision of basic health requirements for refugees and coordination of care among agencies concerned with them. Topics include epidemiologic assessment and control of communicable disease; nutrition and environmental sanitation; logistical support; and resettlement issues. Students or guest speakers present topics for group discussion.

    Additional Faculty Notes:
    There is a course syllabus for Refugee Health Care, and you can find this on the web supplement. This will give you the session topics and the readings. The three case studies are in the syllabus, but we will post the class activities and questions on the site as well.

  • Intended Audience

    Additional Faculty Notes:
    This course is intended for public health students who are interested in how to provide health care to refugees and other displaced populations.

  • Methods of Assessment
    Student evaluation based on oral presentations or papers.

    Additional Faculty Notes:
    Grades are based on participation, attendance, and the final paper. These are set out in more detail in the syllabus which is located in the online library

  • Required Text(s)

    Additional Faculty Notes:
    Two books are recommended for the course. The first is the Handbook on War and Public Health by Pierre Perrin, and is published by the International Committee of the Red Cross. The second is the Public Health Guide to Emergencies, which is on CD. For those who did not take Introduction to Humanitarian Emergencies and purchased these then, you can get them from Katrina Alston in room E8004.

  • Course Schedule

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

  • 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

    Welcome to the supplement website for Refugee Health Care. On this page you will find the Course Syllabus as a .pdf file, and the readings for the course. These are divided into Web Readings which I would like you to read for each session, and Web Reserves which give more background details for specific topics for those with detailed interests. In addition there are several e-books on the site as well. As the course goes along we may additional papers of interest. For some of the lectures we may put up the Lecture Notes as well, though this will not be possible for all the visiting speakers, as not all will use powerpoints. We are happy to have you in the class, and look forward to your participation.

    Gilbert Burnham

  • Course topics
    This course will cover the broad topics of public health and human rights in Refugee Health. There will three case studies to help you gain an understanding of how to approach assessments, food and nutrition and communicable disease outbreaks in emergency situations.
  • Course Objectives(from old syllabus)
    The objectives of this course are to equip students with the basic skills needed for provision of health care to refugees. These include the areas of planning, epidemiological assessment, control of communicable diseases, information and surveillance systems, environmental sanitation methods and meeting nutritional requirements in refugee situations. The course will provide an understanding of some other major refugee issues protection of women refugees, an overview of international humanitarian law, documentation and prevention of human rights abuses, psychosocial and mental health, and logistics issues which affect refugees and displaced persons.
  • Disability Support Services
    If you are a student with a documented disability who requires an academic accommodation, please contact the Office of Student Life Services at 410-955-3034 or via email at