2 – 30.10.2017

Public Health in Humanitarian Crises

Public Health in Humanitarian Crises
Course Dates: 02.10.2017 - 30.10.2017
Registration Dates: 01.08.2017 - 31.08.2017
Coordinating University: University of Eastern Finland
Coordinator: Mari Aalto, e-mail: mari.aalto(at)uef.fi
Credits: 5 ECTS
Course Level: General


Objective of this course is to introduce the students to the humanitarian crisis aspects of various types of disasters.

Course will present real life examples of how public health is compromised in a disaster

  • how the human rights get violated
  • who are vulnerable groups
  • how environment suffers
  • how is life in chronic conflict situations
  • what are the mechanisms for psychosocial coping
  • what are the principles of knowledge management in disaster scenarios
  • what are the basics of public health preparedness and relief activities.


This course will discuss following themes:

  • Causes and consequences of disasters and humanitarian crises
  • Public health impact of humanitarian crises
  • Disaster preparedness and response
  • Human rights in conflict situations
  • Environmental impact of disasters
  • Psychosocial coping in chronic conflicts
  • Knowledge management in crisis scenarios
  • Management strategies for humanitarian crises

Learning Outcomes:

Students should learn of various effects of disasters and they get to know the basic strategies and components of a public health response to crisis situations caused by disasters.

Learning Methods:

Online teaching: Video-lectures, lecture-diary, essay. All learning material is available in Moodle.

Assessment is based on evaluation of assignments. Results are graded as Pass-Fail.

Additional information: A maximum number of UNIPID students is 30. Students will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. UEF students, please sign up through Weboodi.

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Registration for this course is closed.