Global and Local Public Health Issues
The objective of this course is to introduce the students to the humanitarian crisis aspects of various types of disasters. The 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; and what are the principles of knowledge management in disaster.
5 ECTS Credits — Studies start 1 October 2019 — University of Eastern Finland
1 October 2019 – 22 November 2019
1 August 2019 – 15 September 2019
University of Eastern Finland
Course dates: 01.10.2019-22.11.2019
Registration dates: 01.08.2019 - 15.09.2019
Coordinating university: University of Eastern Finland
Responsible teacher: Sohaib Khan, email@example.com
Credits: 5 ECTS
The objective of this course is to introduce the students to the humanitarian crisis aspects of various types of disasters. The 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.
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.
The course will strengthen understanding of:
- The concept of crisis
- Causes (natural, man-made) of humanitarian crises and disasters
- The general impact of crises in the light of recent examples
- Environmental impact of disasters and humanitarian crises
- Typical public health consequences of humanitarian crises
- Mental health in disasters
- Disaster preparedness and first response
- Specific challenges of public health in complex emergencies
- Water supply, sanitation, and food supplies in extreme conditions
- Short-term and long-term management strategies of humanitarian crises
- Role of various actors, international collaboration
- Disaster epidemiology
- Disaster prevention
- A comprehensive understanding of the global strategies to reduce the non-communicable disease burden.
- An insight into the epidemiology of emerging infectious diseases + the control measures adopted by the health sector.
- An overview of maternal and child health indicators and inequalities across the globe + causative scenarios.
- Developing an eye to see health in social context; and to consider social pathways in designing health interventions.
- Self-study of required readings
- Web-based learning package for distant students
- Web-based learning includes video-lectures, online lecture notes, writing learning diary, exercises, online discussion groups.
- Successful completion of the course requires substantial amount of independent study
Health in Humanitarian Crises. The Lancet, Vol. 390, No. 10109. Published: June 8, 2017. http://www.thelancet.com/series/health-in-humanitarian-crises
Disaster Risk Reduction in the United Nations: Roles, mandates and results of key UN entities. Geneva, Swizerland: United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), 2013 http://www.unisdr.org/files/32918_drrintheun2013.pdf
Further study material and recommended reading will be provided during the course.
The final mark will consist of evaluation of assignments. Final grading: 1-5
The maximum number of UniPID students is 30. Students will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.
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