Short course Health Emergencies in Large Populations (H.E.L.P.) 2024

H.E.L.P is a two-week course on the provision of humanitarian relief during disasters, armed conflicts and other complex crises. The goal is to professionalise the delivery of humanitarian assistance during emergencies and to promote professional ethics and humanitarian principles.



27 May 2024 - 7 June 2024
2 ECTS credits
50 Teaching hours




On-site – switch over to online-learning if required





Registration deadline

29 February 2024


2'000 CHF


  • Explore key concepts and principles underlying the provision of humanitarian assistance in health emergencies and major health crisis, and the methods of provoding such assistance
  • Examine various aspects and approaches  of health emergencies that can be adopted by all humanitarian-organizations
  • Assess various stages of the planning process: assessing needs, analysing the context, selecting priorities, setting objectives, mobilizing resources, drafting plans, and implementing and evaluating activities
  • Contribute indirectly to more effective coordination in emergency operations


People with strategic and managerial responsabilities, health professionals, public health officers and epidemiologists, water and environmental engineers and legal or policy advisors.


The course consists of a number of approximately 25 modules structured around broad themes:

  • Humanitarian standards and international humanitarian law
  • Health systems and healthcare services
  • Data and field epidemiology
  • Communicable diseases


Prof. Karl BLANCHET, Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies, a joint Centre of the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), Geneva



Admission criteria

  • A university qualification (bachelor’s degree or equivalent)
  • At least three years of relevant professional experience
  • Excellent command of English
  • Motivation working in the humanitarian sector

Application File

  • Copy of identity document or passport
  • Passport photo (.jpg format)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Cover letter (explaining what is the reason why you apply for this course and how will the acquired skills help you in your career)
  • Copy of the highest educational qualification obtained
  • Copy of work certificate or official document of the current job position
  • Proof of English language level
  • Employer's funding agreement, if applicable
  • Employer's letter of support (recommended)

More information about the application process is available on our application page.