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Module Code: DPH307
Module Title: Social Perspectives of Public Health VI: Health in Disasters and Humanitarian Crises
Module Level: Level 3
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2019/20
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: Health and Environmental Science
Pre-requisites: N/A
   
Aims
The student is introduced to the health concerns resulting from disasters and humanitarian crises. Refugee health and the health concerns of recovery populations will be focal, as well as the monitoring and evaluation of the health of populations in crisis.
Learning outcomes 
A Assess common health issues in complex humanitarian emergency settings.

B Differentiate between the impact of normative health interventions applied in complex humanitarian emergencies.

C Critically appraise the strengths and limitations of the humanitarian standards for practical and contextual health planning and interventions.

D Formulate alternative theoretical and practice frameworks for complex humanitarian emergencies.

E Manage skill sets for critical problem-solving in complex humanitarian emergencies.

Method of teaching and learning 
Lecture and discussion along with debate and the inclusion of videos. For their final project students will analyse and critique a disaster or humanitarian intervention with recommendations of how to redesign and improve the intervention.
Syllabus 
Week 1 Understanding Disasters and Humanitarian Crises

Introduction to disaster and humanitarian conflict studies with overview of classification schemes.


Week 2 External Stakeholders and Humanitarians

Overview of the primary local, state, and international stakeholders involved in disasters
and humanitarian crises.


Week 3 Common Health Issues in Disasters and Humanitarian Crises


Overview of the most common health concerns resulting from complex emergencies.


Week 4 Common Mental Health Issues in Disasters and Humanitarian Crises


Overview of the most common mental health concerns resulting from complex emergencies.


Week 5 Refugee Health


Introduction to the specific (physical and mental) health concerns for refugee populations.


Week 6 Measuring Health in Disasters and Humanitarian Conflict


Introduction to the surveillance of the health of post-disaster and conflict populations.


Week 7 Health Interventions According to Phase


Overview of the main interventions designated for a given phase of humanitarian response.


Week 8 Assessing the Standards


Critical examination of the context appropriateness of MSF and Sphere standards.


Week 9 Assessing Emergency Preparedness Programmes


Introduction to the issues of sustainability of interventions for populations recovering from complex emergencies balanced by the potential for the health interventions of complex emergencies to cause more harm than good.


Week 10 The Complexity of Complex Emergencies: Famine and Food Security

Overview of the myriad political economic and natural causes of famine and food insecurity.

Sen's study of famines in India serve as case examples.


Week 11 Assessing Crisis Interventions Case I: Hurricane Katrina

Critical assessment and recommendations for improving crises interventions using the case study of Hurricane Katrina.


Week 12 Assessing Crisis Interventions Case II: Haiti

Critical assessment and recommendations for improving crises interventions using the case study of the earthquake in Haiti.


Week 13 Assessing Crisis Interventions III: The Democratic Republic of the Congo

Critical assessment and recommendations for improving crises interventions using the case example of the complexity of the conflict in the DRC.

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26  26        98  150 

Assessment

Sequence Method % of Final Mark

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