Health in Emergencies and Refugee Health – University of Copenhagen

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Health in Emergencies and Refugee Health

Now as blended learning: 7 weeks online - 2 weeks in Copenhagen

Recent disaster- and conflict-related crises have demonstrated the overwhelming need for skilled professionals who are able to respond adequately to complex emergencies.

The University of Copenhagen offers a blended learning course on Health in Emergencies and Refugee Health aimed at professionals working, or aiming to work, with national or international emergency management agencies, relief organizations, national governments or the UN system.

In order to develop a solid base for action, the course offers a combination of state-of-the-art theoretical knowledge, familiarisation with the newest guidelines and agreed approaches, as well as practical exercises through group work.

The course aims at providing participants with an in-depth understanding of the complex range of issues involved in planning, implementing and accounting for health interventions in contemporary emergencies. This includes an understanding of the rapidly evolving humanitarian reform process, and the roles which may be taken by local, national and international partners.

Application deadline is 1 December 2014 - APPLY ONLINE NOW !

Institution:

Copenhagen School of Global Health, University of Copenhagen
The is a blended learning course. The first seven weeks can be followed online. The last two weeks take place on campus in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Course coordinator:

Birgitte Gantriis

Course manager:

External Lecturer Siri Tellier

Type:

This is an optional advanced course in the Master of Disaster Management programme.

Duration:

13 April - 12 June 2015.
First seven weeks (13 April - 29 May) is a part-time online course (10 hrs/week) with online lectures, discussions and quizzes, self-study and small assignments. Last two weeks (1 June - 12 June) are full-time lectures, field visits, exercises and exam in Copenhagen.

ECTS credits:

5 ECTS

Language:

English

Objectives:

The course aims at providing participants with an in-depth understanding of the broad range of issues which are crucial in planning, implementing and accounting for health interventions in contemporary emergencies. This includes an understanding of the rapidly evolving humanitarian reform process, and the roles which may be taken by local, national and international partners, such as UN, NGO or other.

The emphasis is on a combination of state-of-the-art theoretical knowledge, familiarisation with the newest guidelines and agreed approaches, as well as practical exercises through group work, in order to develop a solid base for action.

On completion of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Critically appraise existing international and national policies and strategies utilising appropriate modes of analysis (f. inst. epidemiological, socio-economic, etc.);

  • Critically analyse and discuss barriers to humanitarian interventions at international, national, and community level in a systems perspective;

  • Apply relevant theories and concepts to formulate a humanitarian response plan as part of existing national relief efforts in a given country;

  • Design and develop appropriate management strategies for humanitarian response, including planning, coordination, monitoring and evaluation, in national and local contexts.

Content:

The course addresses the following aspects related to disaster- and conflict related emergencies

  • Conceptual & legal frameworks, i.e. conflict analysis, human rights, international humanitarian law and refugee conventions, guidelines on internally displaced persons, code of conduct

  • Operational aspects of humanitarian interventions, i.e. needs assessment and public health surveillance, control of communicable and non-communicable diseases, mental health, reproductive health, violence and injuries, water and sanitation, nutrition, refugee camp planning 

  • Partnerships and roles in different stages of emergencies, e.g. humanitarian reform, role of national governmental and non governmental actors, community participation, prevention/recovery strategies

Methods:

This course is a blended learning course.

First seven weeks consist of part-time online learning, which can be undertaken from anywhere in the world as long as you have a computer with an internet connection. Moderated online discussions, online quizzes and short recorded lectures are central parts of the online learning experience. Expect to spend around 10 hours/week during the online weeks.

The last two weeks of the course take place in Copenhagen, and will include full-time lectures, discussions, group-work, site visits and a final exam. The campus weeks of the course is based on interdisciplinary teaching and problem oriented learning and seeks to draw on students' own experience as a resource. Both lectures and group work are important components. Group work will mainly be used in relation to specific case studies. For each session, we consider the current state of research, as well as policy and practice and critically examine the underlying paradigms. Students are expected to actively participate in the learning process and prepare for the sessions by studying distributed and recommended reading materials.

Some information about online learning

The online parts of the course are structured around internet based E-learning modules (E-modules) with weekly deadlines. This means that you as a student can follow the course from anywhere in the world at the time that suits you best. If your internet connection is unstable you will have access to transcripts of all the online lectures.

The online course room and teaching techniques are inspired by the successful model for distance learning, which has been developed by the IT learning Center (ITLC) at the University of Copenhagen. Furthermore it builds on a variation of the 'flipped classroom' approach, where much knowledge transfer takes place online, thereby freeing time in class for students and lecturers to work together on problem-solving and tasks that could traditionally be seen as homework.

Assessment Procedures:

Individual 4-hour written exam using essay questions. Grading according to the Danish 7-scale - external moderation.

Prerequisites:

The applicants must live up to the Master of International Health admission criteria.

Class size:

The number of participants is limited to 40. The course may be cancelled if there are less than 12 participants.

TropEd accreditation:

Accredited 2013.

Fees:

Reduced fee: DKK 10,200
For students from EU/EEA or Switzerland.

Normal fee: DKK 15,000
For all other students.

For approximate exchange rates between DKK (Danish Krone) and other currencies please contact your bank or visit the currency calculator X-rates.com. All fees are subject to regulation.

Scholarships:

We do not offer any scholarships, nor can we assist in finding funding, but on our page about scholarships we have collected some information that might be useful.