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

Course dates

1 October 2019 – 22 November 2019

Registration period

1 August 2019 – 16 September 2019

Coordinating university

University of Eastern Finland

Instructors

Sohaib Khan
Mari Aalto

Credits

5 ECTS

Course dates: 01.10.2019-22.11.2019
Registration dates: 01.08.2019 - 16.09.2019
Coordinating university: University of Eastern Finland
Responsible teacher: Sohaib Khan,
Credits: 5 ECTS

Course summary

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

Learning outcomes

To be confirmed.

Learning methods

  • 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

Study materials

Required readings:

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.

Assessment

The final mark will consist of evaluation of assignments. Final grading: 1-5

Additional information

The maximum number of UniPID students is 30. Students will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.

UEF students, please sign up via Weboodi.

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