STIA-356 Global Health and Humanitarism
Fall for 2017-2018
This course explores the intersection of global health and humanitarian practice. It will offer an in-depth analysis of the particular challenges inherent in humanitarian assistance and equip students with practical skills needed to understand, organize, and evaluate humanitarian assistance aimed at responding to public health concerns, responding to particular diseases, and mitigating the effects of natural disasters, wars, and conflicts on displaced populations. Topics include rapid assessment, surveillance, and camp management as well as major health challenges including infectious diseases, nutrition, water and sanitation, and vaccinations in the context of humanitarian emergencies and natural disasters. Students will also study qualitative research methodologies particularly suitable to applied settings in complex emergencies and post-conflict situations, including program evaluation, needs assessment, and community-based participatory research. Throughout the course, students will practice the art of writing briefing notes and talking points for decision-makers and proposals for funding. And last but not least, students will consider ethical and operational approaches to relations with the military in humanitarian settings. The course draws on a broad range of literature from global health, development studies, anthropology, and other social sciences. The course is designed for students pursuing careers in: anthropology, sociology, public health, nursing, migration studies, humanitarian assistance, international development, and public policy. The course includes a combination of lectures, class discussions, case studies, and student-led projects.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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