CAS Health of Populations Affected by Humanitarian Emergencies 2020

This CERAH programme focuses on identifying health, food security/nutrition and water/sanitation/hygiene needs, on prioritising evidence-based interventions and on analysing the challenges of health action in humanitarian settings.



20 April 2020 - 5 June 2020
10 ECTS credits
300 Teaching hours
7 weeks






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Registration deadline

4 February 2020


Total fees: CHF 5’000.-

Deposit: (upon acceptance of admission): CHF 500.-

The payment of the registration fees can be made in several installments. If registration fees are not paid before the beginning of the course, access to the programme will not be allowed. 

There are no available scholarship for this programme


  • Formulate, implement, and review relevant humanitarian health interventions taking into account ethical issues, humanitarian principles, coordination mechanisms and the national context
  • Identify and prioritise health problems and determine ways to address them in a variety of humanitarian contexts
  • Choose among various methodological and technical tools to identify health needs and respond appropriately
  • Analyse dilemmas of health action in crises


Professional in humanitarian social and development organisations who wants to improve his competencies as well as reflect and capitalise on his experiences
Professional from other sectors who wishes to deepen his understanding of the contemporary humanitarian action and understand how to transfer his acquired competencies in that sector

Learning outcomes

The CAS is a full-time executive training of 10 ECTS credits, which related on identifying health needs, prioritising evidence-based interventions and on analysing the challenges of health action in humanitarian settings.


  • Health in Humanitarian Emergencies: setting priorities and delivering services
  • Epidemic-prone Diseases
  • Chronic Diseases
  • Nutritional Crises: Origins, Consequences and Interventions
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • Violence and its Impact on Health


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 (IHEID), Geneva


Prof. Doris SCHOPPER, CERAH and Dr. Anne Golaz, CERAH, University of Geneva

Diploma delivered jointly with

University of Geneva, IHEID


Health of populations affected by humanitarian emergencies is developed jointly between experts from the CERAH and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Médecins sans frontières (MSF), United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Maintaining and improving the health of populations affected by emergencies lies at the heart of humanitarian preparedness and responses.

Humanitarian professionals must be equipped with sufficient basic knowledge to be able to identify and monitor health problems during crises, and to develop effective and appropriate intervention strategies in complex situations.


  • Week 1: Health in humanitarian crises: how to set priorities
  • Week 2: Epidemic diseases and the humanitarian response
  • Week 3: Nutritional crises: origins, consequences and interventions
  • Week 4: Sexual and reproductive health
  • Week 5: Violence and its impact on health
  • Week 6: Chronic diseases and the humanitarian response 

Pedagogical method

  • Each week of teaching will include approximately 20 hours of face-to-face lectures, case studies etc. and 10 hours of tutored group work.
  • The course is structured by thematic areas related to specific health issue. Each thematic area will in addition focus on certain operational / structural aspects and on specific methods / tools.
  • Case studies and examples during the course will take into account the three major contexts for humanitarian action: armed conflict / complex emergencies, natural disasters, social exclusion.
  • In addition, chronic conflicts, protracted crises, and the interplay between humanitarian action and development activities will be given due consideration.

Admission criteria

  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent university degree, plus a minimum of five years of work experience in the humanitarian, social or development sector
  • Hold a Master’s degree or an equivalent university degree, plus a minimum of two years of work experience in the humanitarian, social or development sector
  • Be fluent or have a very good level in English. A proof such a TOEIC/TOEFL/IELTS Certificate or other certificate is required.

Comité scientifique

Dr Tammam ALOUDAT, Deputy Medical Director, Médecins sans Frontières (MSF), Switzerland
Dr Paul BOUVIER, HELP Course Coordinator, Assistance Division, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
Prof. François CHAPPUIS, Humanitarian Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva
Dr Rudi CONINX, Coordinator, Policy Practice and Evaluation Unit, Department of Emergency Risk Management and Humanitarian Response, World Health Organization (WHO)
Dr Stéphane DU MORTIER, Head of Primary Health Care Services, ICRC
Yves ETIENNE, M.Sc. MPH, CYC and Waterlex, Former Head of Assistance Division and HELP Course Coordinator, ICRC
Dr Edith FAVOREU, Deputy Director, CERAH
Dr Anne GOLAZ, Lecturer / Researcher, CERAH, Former senior advisor, Health in Emergencies, UNICEF
Dr Stéphane HUGONNET, Global Capacity, Alert and Response Departement, WHO, Geneva
Dr Heiko HERRING, Senior Public Health Officer, Division of Programme Support and Management, UNHCR
Dr Nathalie HERLEMONT ZORITCHAK, Operational Director at Handicap International Foundation
Prof. Doris SCHOPPER, Director, CERAH

Number of participants

20 candidates maximum are selected each year.

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