London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is offering free online course on Health in Humanitarian Crises. The course will be particularly relevant to healthcare practitioners and NGO staff, especially those in low- and middle-income countries affected by armed conflict, natural disasters and disease outbreaks.
In this three week course, applicants will discover the health needs of those affected by humanitarian crises, challenges of delivering healthcare, and what we must do next. This course will start on November 13, 2017.
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Course At Glance
Length: 3 weeks
Effort: 4 hours/week
Subject: Health in Humanitarian Crises
Institution: London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Future learn
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Course starts on November 13, 2017
The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is a world leader in research and postgraduate education in public and global health.
About This Course
Humanitarian crises due to armed conflict, natural disasters, disease outbreaks and other hazards are a major and growing contributor to ill-health and vulnerability worldwide, and their continuing effects on health and health systems can undermine decades of social development.
Humanitarian crises present a number of distinct challenges for public health interventions and research. These include violence and insecurity, mass population displacement, severely deteriorated daily living conditions and impoverishment. They can also cause sudden and widespread disruption to health services and the broader health system, and limit domestic access to human, financial and technical resources alongside an increasing need to coordinate aid from outside the country.
Why Take This Course?
This free online course is designed to answer key questions including:
- What are the key health needs in humanitarian crises?
- How can we develop responses to health needs in humanitarian settings with maximum impact?
- How will we respond to health needs in the future?
By the end of the course, you’ll be able to…
- Explore the different types of humanitarian crises and their resulting impacts on population health and health systems
- Reflect on humanitarian principles, ethics, and codes of conduct and how these come into play when delivering humanitarian health interventions.
- Assess emerging trends in humanitarian crises and consider how the humanitarian sector may need to adapt as a result.
The course will be particularly relevant to healthcare practitioners and NGO staff, especially those in low- and middle-income countries affected by armed conflict, natural disasters and disease outbreaks. It will also be valuable to individuals studying health or development and to anyone with an interest in the challenges of delivering healthcare in a crisis setting.
Director of the Health in Humanitarian Crises and Associate Professor in Health Systems Research at LSHTM.
Jen Palmer is a social scientist and deputy director of the Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
Bayard Roberts is an Associate Professor in Health Systems and Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, with a research focus on mental health and NCDs among conflict-affected populations.
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