Public Health in Humanitarian Crises Modules

Public Health in Humanitarian Crises 1

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Module 1: Humanitarian Disasters and Public Health

In this module, we will define what we mean by disasters, hazards, risks, and vulnerabilities. We look at patterns and trends and understand the role of public health in disasters. 
6 videos

  1. Introduction to Public Health in Humanitarian Crisis 4m
  2. Introduction to Humanitarian Disasters and Public Health 1m
  3. Introduction 19m
  4. Disaster Trends 7m
  5. Introduction to the Role of Public Health in Humanitarian Emergencies 1m
  6. The Role of Public Health in Humanitarian Emergencies 23m

4 readings

  1. Course Schedule Flexibility10m
  2. Foundations of Global Health Specialization10m
  3. Meet Gilbert 10m
  4. Meet Paul10m

1 practice exercise

Module 2: Humanitarian Actors and Coordination

There are many humanitarian actors that play a role in a disaster. This module describes many of them and also looks at various coordination models that are used. 

6 videos

  1. Introduction to Humanitarian Actors and Coordination 1m
  2. Humanitarian Actors and Coordination 10m
  3. Introduction to Humanitarian Coordination 1m
  4. Humanitarian Coordination 8m
  5. Humanitarian Coordination Models 7m
  6. A Practical Example of Humanitarian Coordination 3m

1 reading

1 practice exercise

Module 3: Water and Sanitation

This module describes the burden of, and mechanisms of, sanitation and water-related diseases in humanitarian crises. We also illustrate the various strategies and priorities that can be used to reduce outbreaks of those diseases. 

5 videos

  1. Introduction to Water and Sanitation 1m
  2. Water and Sanitation14m
  3. Sanitation Options12m
  4. Water Supply Options12m
  5. The Priorities18m

1 reading

1 practice exercise

Module 4: Livelihoods and Food Security in Humanitarian Crises

Disasters affect livelihoods. This module illustrates how and what livelihood strategies families use to cope with a crisis. We also describe what food security entails and ways to assess it. We look at various livelihood support programs that can be used in disaster settings. 

4 videos

  1. Introduction to Livelihoods and Food Security 2m
  2. Livelihoods and Food Security in Humanitarian Crises15m
  3. Food Security 10m
  4. Livelihoods Support Programming14m

1 practice exercise

Module 5: Nutrition in Humanitarian Crises

This module looks at who is at risk to become malnourished in a disaster context and why that is the case. We will describe various types of malnutrition, the treatment, and various preventative actions.  

5 videos

  1. Introduction to Nutrition in Humanitarian Crises 3m
  2. Nutrition in Humanitarian Crises10m
  3. A Case Study in Malnutrition 3m
  4. Types of Malnutrition 9m
  5. Treatment and Prevention of Acute Malnutrition 14m

1 practice exercise

Module 6: Management of Diseases in Humanitarian Crises

This module examines the patterns of disease in affected populations. We will understand how the changes in population characteristics, as well as lifestyles, have changed the nature of the burden of disease populations from that of predominantly communicable to a pattern of non-communicable diseases. 

4 videos

  1. Introduction to Management of Diseases in Humanitarian Crises 1m
  2. Management of Diseases in Humanitarian Crises14m
  3. Managing an Outbreak of a Communicable Disease 9m
  4. Non-Communicable Disease In Disasters14m

1 practice exercise

Module 7: Health Care in Humanitarian Emergencies

Disasters put special strains on the provision of health services as demands increase and resources to meet these needs diminish. The six major components of health services may be damaged in different ways, and all can require urgent attention. This is all discussed in this module. 

5 videos

  1. Introduction Health Care in Humanitarian Emergencies 2m
  2. Health Care in Humanitarian Emergencies18m
  3. Parts of a Health Service 21m
  4. Introduction to Types of Health Services1m
  5. Types of Health Services19m

1 practice exercise

Module 8: Shelter in a Humanitarian Setting

In this module, we talk about shelter and what it means. We describe how and which shelter solutions contribute towards the immediate and longer-term recovery of people affected by disasters.  

3 videos

  1. Introduction to Shelter in a Humanitarian Setting 1m
  2. Shelter in a Humanitarian Setting 10m
  3. Shelter Solutions12m

1 reading

1 practice exercise

Module 9: Protection of Displaced Populations: Human Rights & Humanitarian Law

Many disasters cause populations to be displaced. The module on the protection of displaced populations explores the international protection of individuals in relation to public health, human rights, and international humanitarian law. 

7 videos

  1. Introduction to Protection of Displaced Populations 4m
  2. Protection of Displaced Populations: Human Rights and Humanitarian Law 6m
  3. The Displaced Populations 5m
  4. International Law 4m
  5. International Humanitarian Law (IHL) 9m
  6. Refugee Law and Refugee Protection 9m
  7. Solutions for Refugee Situations12m

1 reading

1 practice exercise

Module 10: Emerging Risks, Challenges, and Opportunities for Future Humanitarian Emergencies

The potential for future disasters is great, and each having important public health components. New resources and new approaches will be needed to address these disasters and to help countries to recover economies and livelihoods. This module discusses the challenges and future directions in humanitarian assistance. 

6 videos

  1. Introduction to Emerging Risks, Challenges, and Opportunities for Future Humanitarian Emergencies 1m
  2. Changing Risk Patterns for Humanitarian Emergencies18m
  3. Introduction to Challenges and Opportunities for Future Humanitarian Emergencies 2m
  4. Challenges and Opportunities for Future Humanitarian Emergencies 7m
  5. Future Opportunities 17m
  6. Conclusion 1m

1 practice exercise


Public Health in Humanitarian Crises 2

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Module 1. Disease Outbreak Management

This module describes features and strategies to detect disease outbreaks and the key aspects of an effective outbreak response.

6 videos

  1. Course Introduction2m
  2. Introduction to Disease Outbreak Management 1m
  3. Disease Outbreaks: Key Concepts 5m
  4. Outbreak Detection and Rapid Response Strategies 6m
  5. Incident Management Principles 3m
  6. Outbreak Response Monitoring for Decision Making 4m

1 practice exercise

Module 2. Maternal and Newborn Health

Maternal and newborn health care is an essential component of humanitarian health response. This module explains why and lists the key interventions at different phases of an emergency.

4 videos

  1. Introduction to Maternal and Newborn Health 41s
  2. Maternal and Newborn Health Risks 3m
  3. Maternal and Newborn Health Services 5m
  4. Maternal and Newborn Health Services in Humanitarian Settings 7m

1 practice exercise

Module 3. Disaster Epidemiology and Surveillance

This module explains the importance and use of surveys and surveillance in humanitarian crises and uses many practical examples to illustrate the concepts.

6 videos

  1. Introduction to Disaster Epidemiology and Surveillance: The Role of Data During Complex Emergencies 1m
  2. Disaster Epidemiology and Surveillance 19m
  3. Surveys vs. Surveillance (There’s So Much Good about Surveillance!) 9m
  4. Surveys vs. Surveillance (But There Are Downsides of Surveillance)15m
  5. Typhoid in Dushambe: An Example of a Crisis Where Different Data Methods Filled Different Needs 6m
  6. Volcanic Eruption —Goma, 2002: An Example of a Crisis Where Different Data Methods Filled Different Needs 15m

1 practice exercise

Module 4. Humanitarian Principles

This module describes the core humanitarian principles, and their origin and explains how ethics can guide humanitarian decision-making.

6 videos

  1. Introduction to Humanitarian Principles 46s
  2. Introduction to the Principles 18m
  3. The Basic Ethical Principles 22m
  4. Humanitarian Dilemmas—Or Are They Just Hard Choices? 10m
  5. Where the Humanitarian Problems Commonly Are 18m
  6. Help in Making Ethical Decisions 17m

1 practice exercise

Module 5. International Health Regulations and the Global Health Security Agenda

Disease outbreaks and other public health emergencies continue to increase in frequency and severity. This module describes the basic concepts of the International Health Regulations and the Global Health Security Agenda. It provides an understanding of when an emergency is a so-called  Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

4 videos

  1. Introduction to International Health Regulations and the Global Health Security Agenda 1m
  2. Potential Public Health Emergency of International Concern 9m
  3. Implementing International Health Regulations 7m
  4. Global Health Security 17m

1 practice exercise

Module 6. Humanitarian Development Nexus

In this module, the humanitarian-development nexus is explained together with the challenges of providing emergency assistance while taking into account the longer-term development needs of the host population and government.
5 videos

  1. Introduction Humanitarian and Development Nexus 2m
  2. What Is the Humanitarian-Development Nexus (HDN)? 8m
  3. A Development Approach to Humanitarian Emergencies 14m
  4. The Humanitarian-Development Nexus in Practice 13m
  5. Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) 8m

1 practice exercise

Module 7. Infant Feeding in Disasters

This module illustrates why infant feeding matters in a disaster setting, what to do, and how to identify the warning signs for potential problems in infant feeding in a disaster.

10 videos

  1. Introduction to Infant Feeding in Humanitarian Crises 2m
  2. Why Does Infant Feeding Matter in a Disaster Setting? 7m
  3. What Are the Recommendations on Infant Feeding? 3m
  4. Why Is Safe and Appropriate Infant Feeding so Important? 3m
  5. How Do Breastfeeding Practices Differ Across the World?3m
  6. What Are the Warning Signs for Potential Problems in Infant Feeding in a Disaster? 7m
  7. How to Handle Infant Feeding in a Disaster7m
  8. When Would You Need to Provide Breast-Milk Substitutes (Infant Formula)? 4m
  9. Barriers and Challenges around Infant Feeding in Emergencies5m
  10. Operational Guidance on Infant Feeding in Emergencies for Responders and Policy Makers5m

1 practice exercise

Module 8. Humanitarian Project Design

Planning is necessary for humanitarian emergencies. This module illustrates in practical terms the planning cycle and how this is used in humanitarian emergencies.

5 videos

  1. Introduction to Humanitarian Project Design 44s
  2. The Planning Cycle 16m
  3. The Planning Cycle Starts with the Assessment 16m
  4. The Project Design 14m
  5. Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning 25m

1 practice exercise

Module 9. Sexual and Reproductive Health

Each crisis-affected populations still have sexual and reproductive health needs. This module describes the essential sexual and reproductive health services at different phases of an emergency.

6 videos

  1. Introduction to Reproductive Health and Rights in Humanitarian Settings 1m
  2. Contraception, Family Planning, and Birth Spacing 9m
  3. Maternal and Newborn Health 54s
  4. Abortion 9m
  5. Gender-Based Violence 3m
  6. Addressing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Different Phases of Emergency Response 5m

1 practice exercise

Module 10. Mental Health and Psycho-Social Care

Psychosocial and mental health problems are commonly experienced by disaster-affected populations. This module identifies strategies for the identification of psychosocial and mental health problems in displaced populations and provides information on what can be done in the field.

4 videos

  1. Introduction to Mental Health and Psycho-Social Care 3m
  2. Mental Health and Psychosocial Problems Identified among Displaced Populations 21m
  3. Identifying and Assessing Psychosocial Problems and Needs in Diverse Populations Affected by Conflict and Disaster 14m
  4. Services in Humanitarian Emergencies 14m

1 practice exercise

1 hour to complete

Final Project: Responding to a Humanitarian Public Health Crisis


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