Certificate of Advanced Studies: Health of Populations Affected by Humanitarian Emergencies


At the end of the course, you will be able to formulate and implement relevant humanitarian health interventions taking into account ethical issues, context prerogatives, humanitarian principles, coordination mechanisms and national contexts.

Learning outcomes in terms of knowledge - Understanding of

  • the most important health problems in humanitarian contexts
  • various intervention strategies to respond to these problems
  • ethical dilemmas of health programs/projects

Learning outcomes in terms of skills - Capacity to

  • identify and prioritize health problems using a variety of methodological and technical tools
  • design a health intervention strategy in a variety of humanitarian contexts
  • monitor, evaluate and adapt a health programme to evolving needs

Learning outcomes in terms of analytical competencies - Ability to

  • compare and choose best options in addressing health issues in complex contexts
  • analyze the context including existing health policies and services
  • analyze dilemmas of health action in crises

II. Structure

7 intensive weeks (around 300 hours) of individual work including pre-readings, face-to-face lectures, case studies and tutored group work.

  • Weeks 1 to 6: lectures, group-work, role-plays, students' presentations etc.
  • Week 7: personal thematic paper

Each week of teaching will include approximately 20 hours of face-to-face lectures, case studies etc. and 10 hours of tutored group work.
The course is structured by thematic areas related to specific health issue. Each thematic area will in addition focus on certain operational / structural aspects and on specific methods / tools.
Case studies and examples during the course will take into account the three major contexts for humanitarian action: armed conflict / complex emergencies, natural disasters, social exclusion.
In addition, chronic conflicts, protracted crises, and the interplay between humanitarian action and development activities will be given due consideration.

III. Programme

Week 1: Health in Humanitarian Emergencies: Setting Priorities and Delivering Services

Week 2: Field Epidemiology and Epidemic Diseases

Week 3: Non-Communicable Diseases in Humanitarian Contexts

Week 4: Climate Emergencies and its Impacts on Health

Week 5: Sexual and Reproductive Health in Humanitarian Crises

Week 6: Actors in Health in Humanitarian Emergencies

Week 7: Individual work

Iv. credit

10 ECTS credits. Once obtained, they are valid for a period of 5 years during which they can be used to complete the Master of Advanced Studies.