Title: Responses to Humanitarian Crises and Global Health
Keywords: Water
Vulnerable groups (in general)
Humanitarian setting
Health in emergencies
Country: Spain
Institution: Spain - Barcelona Institute for Global Health - University of Barcelona
Course coordinator: Silvia Álvarez
Date start: 2022-04-19
Date end: 2022-04-27
About duration and dates: 3 weeks 2020-03-13 to 2020-04-03 Preparation phase: 2020-03-13 to 2020-03-26 Online Format: 2020-03-27 to 2020-04-03
Classification: advanced optional
Mode of delivery: Face to face
Course location: If not in the application institute
ECTS credit points: 3 ECTS credits
3 ECTS, 75 SIT
Hours of independent study (not online and not tutored): 51 h: 30 hours for pre-reading and 21 to prepare the case study.
Lectures and other classroom activities: 24 h (12 sessions x 2 h, include the time for the online multiple choice test and the group work oral presentations; see below for details).
Total: 75 h

Hours 1st and 2nd week: 42
Hours 3rd week: 33
Language: English
At the end of the course students should be able to:

1) Differentiate the diverse types of medical humanitarian crises and emergencies related to large-scale displacement and refugees and its links with global health.
2) Apply basic notions of epidemiology to identify emergency thresholds.
3) Apply basic concepts of design, organization and deployment of medical and relief actions to assist internally displaced people and refugees.
Assessment Procedures:
Students in the course will be evaluated individually and group-based using the following assessment tools

The grading system is numeric, 0-10. Passing requires a minimum of 5. The scores of the two assessment components compensate each other in the final grade.

The final grade will be calculated considering the following two elements: Individual multiple-choice exam will represent 20% of the final grade, and group work will represent 60% of the final grade.

• Competency Self-Assessment Questionnaire (20% of the grade)
During the preparation phase (1.5 weeks) students will spend 30 hrs on reading literature, assessing themselves with the Competency Self-Assessment Questionnaire.

• Group work on a case study (80% of the grade)
Students will be divided into 6 groups by the coordinator. Each group will be assigned 1 out of 3 case studies about a humanitarian crisis – hence, each case study will be covered by two groups. The work will consist of answering 8 questions about the case study. The 8 questions will be different for each group working on the same case study.

The findings will need to be submitted in a written document of between 3,500 and 4,000 words (excluding graphs, tables, references and annexes) by midnight of the day before the last day of the course and be presented orally (10 minute-presentation plus 5 minutes for Q&A) in the last session of the course. The written work will represent 50% of this component and the online oral presentation the other 50%.

Students that fail will be given the opportunity to individually develop and submit a written work based on a new case study within 15 days since ordinary grades are communicated.
• Introduction to Humanitarian emergencies, the displacement and the place of refuge. The 10 priorities
• Medical and Health Care to refugees and displaced population
• Pediatric care to refugees and displaced population
• Water Hygiene and Sanitation for refugees and displaced population I
• Water Hygiene and Sanitation for refugees and displaced population II (Practical Exercise)
• Refugee Camps Management I & II
• Security: Knowing your context in Refugee Camps I
• Security: Knowing your context in Refugee Camps II (Practical Exercise)
• Medical Assistance in Post-Emergency Phase
• Shelter and Site Planning (Part I)
• Shelter and Site Planning (Part II) (Practical Exercise)
• During the preparation phase (1.5 weeks) students will spend 30 hrs on reading literature, assessing themselves with the Competency Self-Assessment Questionnaire. During that phase, students can ask questions to the course coordinator through and interact with each other through the virtual campus.

• Once the sessions have started, the students will need to use their independent time outside the classroom to concentrate on the development of the case studies.

• The lecturing time is organized in two-hour sessions. Sessions will include Power Point presentations given by the lecturer, plus discussions on the topics covered. The lecturers may also use short documents, video clips or news pieces to enrich the discussions.
• Three of the sessions will be based on practical exercises.
tropEd candidates must accredit an English language level TOEFL test 550 or 213 computer-based or 79/80 internet-based or IELTS band 6.0 or equivalent.
Maximum of 35 students per course
For tropEd students: First come, first served principle.
525 € + University taxes (90 Euro approx.)
Not available
Major changes since initial accreditation:
The overall approach and content of the course is the same. Objectives have been rephrased to concentrate and simplify them.
The content remains the same.
The methodology has been partially modified to include more practical exercises.
The evaluation has been modified to eliminate the assessment of students’ participation (see below) and to include an individual online multiple choice test.
Student evaluation:
The course has been very well evaluated by the students, who praise the hands-on experience and deep knowledge of the Faculty, all of them MSF members. It is also one of the most sought-after Barcelona courses among tropEd students.
Main criticism related to the fact that the course is entirely taught by MSF members. While students appreciate their capacity, they expressed their interest to know other major NGOs or stakeholders. In that sense, complementary seminars are planned to showcase the perspective of other actors in the field.
On the other hand, the fact that MSF staff is always subject to emergency calls to go to the field, there are often last-minute changes in the faculty, although the content is ultimately covered.
Finally, like in other courses, students objected the use of participation as a grade assessment, what has been eliminated.
Lessons learned:
• Students highly appreciate courses offered by faculty with extensive hands-one experience in the topic.
• MSF action-oriented approach combined with reflection and self-criticism as humanitarian player is also greatly valued by students.
• The program should make efforts to offer students the perspective of other major stakeholders engaged in humanitarian aid for health.
tropEd accreditation:
Accredited in February 2015. Re-accredited in September 2019 in London. This accreditation is valid until September 2024.
Email Address: Silvia.ALVAREZ@barcelona.msf.org
Date Of Record Creation: 2015-03-03 14:56:20 (W3C-DTF)
Date Of Record Release: 2019-09-26 09:31:36 (W3C-DTF)
Date Record Checked: 2019-08-14 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2021-09-14 11:48:09 (W3C-DTF)