Title: Health of Populations Affected by Humanitarian Emergencies
Keywords: Vulnerable groups (in general)
Health in emergencies
Country: Switzerland
Institution: Switzerland - Geneva Centre for education and research in humanitarian action
Course coordinator: Prof Doris Schopper
Dr Anne Golaz
Date start: 2018-04-09
Date end: 2018-05-25
About duration and dates: 6 weeks in class + 1 week to work on the final paper. The final week can be also done at distance.
Classification: advanced optional
Mode of delivery: Face to face
Course location: CERAH - 22, rue Rothschild, 1202 Geneva Switzerland
ECTS credit points: 10 ECTS credits
SIT: 300 hours

• Face to face sessions (lectures, role play, group work): 210 hours (about 140h lectures, 50h group work and 20h role plays)
• Readings (Syllabus, additional readings on our Platform): 34 hours
• Personal work (final assessment): 56 hours
Language: English
At the end of the course, participants will be able to:
Formulate, prioritise and review relevant humanitarian health interventions taking into account ethical issues, humanitarian principles, coordination mechanisms and the national context

In terms of knowledge
• Review the most important health problems in humanitarian settings
• Compare various intervention strategies to respond to these problems

In terms of skills
• Prioritize health interventions using a variety of methodological and technical tools
• Design a health intervention strategy in a variety of humanitarian contexts
• Monitor, evaluate and adapt a health programme to evolving needs

In terms of analytical competencies
• Compare and choose best options in addressing health issues in complex contexts
• Analyse the context including existing health policies and services
• Analyse and critically reflect on dilemmas of health action in crises
Assessment Procedures:
The student is required to attend at least 80% of the face to face sessions.

The final mark is based on five assessments:
1) Active participation during class (engagement during group work and in plenary, relevance of contributions, accurate arguments) 20%
2) Written assignment in class (Health priorities and infectious diseases) 15%
3) On-line Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) test + test in class 10%
4) Written assignment in class (Chronic diseases) 15%
5) Paper 40%

Students receive feedback on all assessments with a mark and detailed comments, as these are considered part of their learning experience.

The course is accredited provided that a rate of 4/6 is reached for the course paper and provided that the average of 4/6 is reached in the overall rating.

A resit session is organized for students who fail the paper and for those who do not reach the overall average of 4/6 for the other assessments.
• Health in humanitarian emergencies: setting priorities and delivering services
(Health determinants and health systems / Health, Humanitarian Medicine and Humanitarian Principles / Mortality, Incidence, prevalence / Indicators Studies / Capacity and needs assessments / Addressing the needs of people with specific needs / Right to health, equity / Humanitarian Architecture: A health cluster perspective / Norms and standards / Health care delivery in humanitarian settings / Community-based health programmes in humanitarian settings)

• Epidemic diseases and humanitarian response
(Epidemic infectious diseases / Surveillance Outbreak investigation and response / Mass vaccination campaigns in humanitarian contexts / Diarrheal diseases / Vector-borne diseases / Water / Hygiene, sanitation / Management of dead bodies / The Ebola epidemic)

• Nutritional crises: origins, consequences and interventions
(Introduction to nutrition / Under-nutrition and nutritional emergencies / Food security / Nutrition assessment / The Global Nutrition Cluster / Nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive programmes / Prevention & treatment of malnutrition / Infant & Young child Feeding / Right to Food / Nutrition promotion)

• Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH)
(SRH interventions in Crises / SRH in inter-agency coordination mechanisms, funding mechanisms / Coordination, communication and advocacy / Gender Based Violence (GBV) / Coordinating clinical services for rape survivors / Maternal and New-born Health / Coordinating Maternal and New-born Health / Referral mechanisms / Family Planning / Coordinating HIV prevention / Comprehensive STI and HIV programming / Moving to comprehensive SRH / Logistics / RH Kits ordering / Monitoring and Evaluation)

• Violence and its impact on health
(Typology of violence / Measuring violence and its impact / Monitoring the cost of chronic armed violence in urban settings / Mental health in humanitarian settings / Addressing mental health needs of humanitarian workers / Mental health and psychosocial support programmes in humanitarian settings / Attacks on health care)

• Chronic diseases and the humanitarian response
(Issues and challenges / Non-communicable chronic diseases in emergencies / Assessing the needs, setting priorities / Designing an NCD programme – minimal requirements / Integrating a NCD programme within an existing health programme /system / Testing new approaches for care delivery / Models of care for NCDs in humanitarian settings /Monitoring and evaluation / How to address screening and prevention? / Developing a strategy / Refugee health programmes)
Methods include a variety of teaching/learning approaches:
• Interactive lectures with plenary discussions
• Case studies
• Group work with peer sharing and group discussion
• Computer-based exercises
• Role plays
• Individual presentations
• Individual learning log book with plan of action
• Recap session at the end of each week + end of the course
• Visits to organizations such as WHO, ICRC, UNICEF, UNHCR
• Self-study: readings, final paper
• Hold a university master’s, university bachelor’s degree or master’s from a University of Applied Sciences or an equivalent qualification and be able to provide evidence of a minimum of two years’ professional experience
• Or hold a university baccalaureate, university bachelor’s degree or bachelor’s from a University of Applied Sciences or an equivalent qualification and have five years’ professional experience
• and have an adequate knowledge of English, i.e. Students whose mother tongue is not English, who do not have secondary or post-secondary qualifications taught in English, or who have not spent a minimum of one year studying at university level in English, must provide a certificate to prove their mastery of English.

Recognised tests and required score
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). Internet-test 100, Paper-test 600, Computer-based test 250
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)7.0
CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English)(Cambridge English, part of the University of Cambridge) A-B-C
CAE (Cambridge Advanced English)(Cambridge English, part of the University of Cambridge) AB

More specifically for this course:
• Humanitarian programme/project managers.
• Managers willing to join the humanitarian sector.
incl. max.24 students; max. number of 8 tropEd students
- Students who are already registered with TropEd should apply on the CERAH platform (http://www.cerahgeneve.ch/training/certificates/health-of-populations-affected-by-humanitarian-emergencies/ and then go to Apply now.
In case of questions please directly contact: admincerah@unige.ch
-The Selection Committee examines the application.
Admission is based on the overall quality of the application, including academic achievement, relevance of previous work experience, personal motivations, professional perspectives and English language skills.

The Selection committee aims to reach a balance between the number of men and women, educational profiles and professional experience and geographical distribution. A specific attention is given to the candidate’s personal statement.

The decision is communicated to the student within 2 weeks.
CHF = 5000 (20% discount applicable for TropEd students = 4000 CHF)
Scholarships: None
tropEd accreditation:
Accredited in December 2016. This accreditation is valid until December 2021.
The course “Health of Populations Affected by Humanitarian Emergencies” focuses specifically on maintaining and improving the health situation of vulnerable populations during a humanitarian emergency. For health professionals wishing to move into the humanitarian sector, this course will deliver the awareness and skills to adapt their knowledge to the humanitarian context. Troped students will be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired during the core course to humanitarian contexts with a specific focus each week.

Each course week highlights the importance of assessment, monitoring and evaluation of humanitarian strategies and interventions. Humanitarian assessment tools are reviewed in class, and the importance of basic and specific needs underlined. Topics throughout the weeks are linked to research in humanitarian settings showing the importance of evidence-based policies, strategies and interventions. Humanitarian architecture and governance, and in particular the cluster approach, are an important feature of the course.

The teaching is very much rooted in current humanitarian practices, first of all because most of the speakers are current humanitarian practitioners, either Geneva-based or field-based, and secondly humanitarian field examples of current crises are used to illustrate lectures or group work. Courses are held in classrooms at the CERAH, or in a variety of humanitarian organisations’ premises, such as WHO, UNHCR, MSF, etc. An added value of the course is certainly that it is taking place in Geneva, the capital of international health and of the humanitarian world.
Email Address: admincerah@unige.ch
Date Of Record Creation: 2016-12-19 01:02:01 (W3C-DTF)
Date Of Record Release: 2016-12-19 06:19:54 (W3C-DTF)
Date Record Checked: 2017-09-12 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2017-10-10 16:03:38 (W3C-DTF)

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