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Health Emergencies in Large Populations (HELP) Winter 2021 Course | Virtual

Johns Hopkins Univ.
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HELP Winter 2021 is going virtual! We're excited to be able to continue hosting HELP for students and professionals at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health this January via online modules and 'live' online sessions. As a virtual course, HELP will have the same distinguished faculty as in previous years, with the same great discussions of current humanitarian health issues, but this year taught with Zoom.

The virtual structure will include two parts. Both are essential parts of the HELP course.The first part will include online modules, which participants may complete at their own pace and time prior to the beginning of class in January. The second part will include the 'live' sessions via zoom. These sessions will be five hours a day Monday-Fridays and timed for people living in a variety of time zones. During the ‘live’ sessions students will participate in case studies, discussions, lectures, exchange of experiences with colleagues, as well as apply the skills learned through the online courses.

The aim of the HELP course is to equip participants with the basic skills and competencies to enable them to respond to the public health needs of populations in emergency situations. These include the areas of planning, epidemiological assessment, control of communicable diseases, information and surveillance systems, environmental sanitation methods and meeting nutritional requirements in refugee situations.

At the completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Select methods for assessing specific emergency situations in the field
  • Develop and implement a general or a specific health program to assist a displaced population
  • Foresee that immediate assistance projects might need to be extended into long-term development programs
  • Develop a common approach to providing services among humanitarian organizations
  • Monitor the adequacy of the service being provided to an affected population
  • Assess the ethical implications of all possible plans of action during an emergency
  • Apply the principles of International Humanitarian Law when providing services in conflict situations

Accolades from Recent Participants:

  • “Thank you so much for providing us with such a well put together course! The level of expertise in this course made for such a rich experience.”
  • “I learned a ton and am so thankful for this opportunity.”
  • “This has been such a wonderful experience. It has reignited my desire to work abroad in a humanitarian capacity.”
  • “Highly recommend this to others!!”
  • “I have been in school most of my life and this course was one of the most engaging and interesting learning experiences I have ever had.”

Fee information

Cost for the full course which includes online modules and virtual class sessions is $1200. There are scholarships available to cover the full costs of the course for students from outside the USA.

How to Register

Apply by sending your application, C.V., and proof of payment as separate attachments to Applications can be downloaded here.