Short course Health in Humanitarian Emergencies 2018


  • Describe the major health-related issues that need to be addressed in humanitarian crises
  • Explain a range of health, nutrition and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) policies and strategies in a variety of humanitarian contexts, including primary health care approaches
  • Set priorities for health, nutrition, WASH interventions in different contexts
  • Critically analyse the impact of humanitarian emergencies on health and well-being


Professional with experience in the humanitarian field, wishing to deepen and develop the subject matter
Health professional wishing to move into the humanitarian sector

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, you will be able to formulate and implement relevant humanitarian health interventions taking into account ethical issues, context prerogatives, humanitarian principles, coordination mechanisms and national contexts.

Learning outcomes in terms of knowledge - Understanding of

  • the most important health problems in humanitarian contexts
  • various intervention strategies to respond to these problems
  • ethical dilemmas of health programs/projects

Learning outcomes in terms of skills - Capacity to

  • identify and prioritize health problems 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

Learning outcomes in terms of analytical competencies - Ability to

  • compare and choose best options in addressing health issues in complex contexts
  • analyze the context including existing health policies and services
  • analyze dilemmas of health action in crises


  • Health in Emergencies: definitions, measurements, and challenges
  • Managing the Risk of Epidemic Diseases
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • Food Security and Nutrition
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health in Humanitarian Crises: the MISP
  • Sexual Violence
  • Mental Health and Psycho-social Support (MHPSS): priorities and challenges


Prof. Doris SCHOPPER, Geneva Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action (CERAH), a joint Centre of the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva


Dr. Anne GOLAZ, University of Geneva


29 October 2018 - 2 November 2018
2 ECTS credits
40 Teaching hours
1 week






+41 (0)22 908 44 53




Registration deadline

15 October 2018
10 days before the beginning of the course


CHF 1'500.-

Admission criteria

  • Either a university qualification following three years of study plus at least two years of work experience in the humanitarian, social or development field;
  • And English mother tongue or proof of level of competence through a TOEIC/TOEFL/IELTS certificate or other proof of English language competency.

Number of participants

Max. 20 participants

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