Health in Emergencies and Refugee Health
Now as blended learning: 6 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 was on 22 January 2013
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.
22 April - 14 June 2013.
First six weeks (22 April - 31 May) is a part-time online course with online lectures, discussions and tests, self-study and assignments. Last two weeks (3 June - 14 June) are full time lectures, field visits and exercises in Copenhagen.
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.
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
This course is a blended learning course.
First six 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 tests and short recorded lectures are central parts of the online learning experience.
The last two weeks of the course take place in Copenhagen, and will include lectures, 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. All you need is an internet connection. During the online weeks you will only meet and interact with your teachers and fellow students in the University of Copenhagen's online learning platform.
A typical E-module is composed of:
- An introduction to the topic
- An overview of the purpose, the subjects and the intended learning outcome
- A short study guide
- Learning resources (which can be text, audio and/or video files)
- Several exercises called E-lessons.
The E-lessons are online learning activities which can be questionnaires, assignments or online discussions. The roles of the teachers are to assist student learning by serving as E-moderators for the various E-lessons.
The online course room and teaching techniques is inspired by the successful model for distance learning, which has been developed by the IT learning Center (ITLC) at the University of Copenhagen. This model creates learning context which allows the students to collaborate and participate actively in discussions of different learning topics with both fellow students and the lecturers on the course.
Individual 4-hour written exam using essay questions. Grading according to the Danish 7-scale - external moderation.
The applicants must live up to the Master of International Health admission criteria.
The number of participants is limited to 40. The course may be cancelled if there are less than 12 participants.
Reduced fee: DKK 10,200
- for students from EU/EEA, and students with a DIS, Fulbright or Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship.
Normal fee: DKK 15,000
- for all other students.
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