MEASUREMENT METHODS IN HUMANITARIAN EMERGENCIES Syllabus

221.641.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 2nd Term | 2 Credit(s)
Th 1:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Faculty
    Courtland Robinson
    Shannon Doocy
    Teaching Assistant
    Megan Cherewick
  • Course Description

    The goal of the course is to give students an overview of selected field-based methods used in humanitarian emergencies to measure basic health indicators and demographic characteristics of affected populations. This course gives students an understanding and skills needed in the measurement of populations and health indicators in humanitarian emergencies, when conventional measurement methods cannot be utilized. Includes assessment methods, sampling approaches in a variety of emergency situations, design and conduct of surveys, and the analysis and presentation of results. Includes discussions and examples of active and passive surveillance methods for refugee and other emergency situations. Both qualitative and quantitative methods will be presented.

  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • Describe the assessment process in the various phases of humanitarian emergencies.
    • Describe and, in some cases practice, a variety of methods, both qualitative and quantitative, used in field-based assessments of humanitarian emergencies. These include: o Qualitative assessments o Surveillance and surveys o Population estimation o Site planning
  • Intended Audience
    MPH students in Humanitarian Assistance and International Health Concentration areas, other MPH students, MSPH, DrPH and PhD students.
  • Prerequisites
    221.613
  • Course Materials

    All required course readings are available for download on the class web supplement.  No textbook is required.  Lecture notes, assignments, and additional reference materials will be posted on the class CoursePlus website:

    http://courseplus.jhsph.edu/index.cfm?event=showStudentSupplementPreview&catalogid=11951No book is required for this course.

  • Methods of Assessment

    Student evaluation will be based on a combination of class attendance, two assignments and a final paper.  Assignment due dates and the proportion of the final grade which they account for are provided below.  Scores on late assignments will be discounted by 10% per late day.

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    Student evaluation will be based on a combination of class attendance, two assignments and a final paper.  Assignment due dates and the proportion of the final grade which they account for are provided below.  Scores on late assignments will be discounted by 10% per late day.

    Attendance: Attendance of at least 6 of 7 class sessions is expected (10%)

    Assignment 1: Population estimation exercise, due via CoursePlus Drop Box, 11/20 (35%)

    Assignment 2: Camp planning exercise, due via CoursePlus Drop Box, 12/4 (35%)

    Assignment 3Cluster sampling exercise, due via CoursePlus Drop Box, 12/19 (20%)

  • 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.

  • Course Schedule

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

  • 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 dss@jhsph.edu.