Free Online Course on Humanitarian Response to Conflict and Disaster

The Harvard University is offering free online course on Humanitarian Response to Conflict and Disaster. The course explores the ethical and professional principles that guide humanitarian response to conflict and disaster.

In this five-week course, applicants will learn the principles guiding humanitarian response to modern emergencies, and the challenges faced in the field today.

Course At A Glance 

Length: 5 weeks
Effort: 3-4 hours pw
Subject: Health & Safety
Institution: Harvard University and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $99
Session: Self-Paced

Providers’ Details

Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally.

About This Course

This course from the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and HarvardX seeks to prepare learners to recognize and analyze emerging challenges in the humanitarian field. The course explores the ethical and professional principles that guide humanitarian response to conflict and disaster. Participants will learn the legal and historical frameworks that shaped these principles, test their applicability to the challenges faced by humanitarian actors today.

Why Take This Course?

The course explores the ethical and professional principles that guide humanitarian response to conflict and disaster. Participants will learn the legal and historical frameworks that shaped these principles, test their applicability to the challenges faced by humanitarian actors today.

Learning Outcomes

  • Legal and historical frameworks shaping the professionalization of the humanitarian field
  • An applied understanding of the principles guiding humanitarian response and the tensions that arise when operational zing these principles in modern crises
  • How to recognize and adapt to major trends affecting the scope and implementation of humanitarian work

Instructors

Jennifer Leaning MD, SMH

Jennifer Leaning teaches courses at Harvard on humanitarian response to war and disaster, human rights in peace and war, and environment and forced migration in the context of climate change.

Michael VanRooyen MD, MPH

Michael VanRooyen is the Director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) at Harvard University and the Chairman of Emergency Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Requirements

None

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
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  • Choose “Register Now” to get started.
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