HELP Summer 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 July 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 July. The second part will include the 'live' sessions via zoom. These sessions will be Monday-Fridays July 12-23 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 Virtual Winter 2021 Participants:
- "You guys did a great job - I really enjoyed the course and appreciate all the effort you put into it."
- "Truly one of the best courses I've ever taken and I don't say that lightly because I can't stand online learning! I was honored and felt so humbled to have the opportunity to meet others from around the world actively working on the ground in humanitarian settings."
- “I really enjoyed this course and got a lot from it!"
- “This was an amazing experience - one that is going to be very beneficial not only for my career, but also for my personal development."
- “I think it was really nice to have the perspectives of participants all over the globe- they added a lot of depth to the conversations."
- “I think this was a great way to be introduced to global health responses and gain a broad understanding of the interventions (WASH, nutrition, communicable disease management) that are necessary to think about when helping a community respond to an emergency"
Renseignements sur les fraisCost for the full course which includes online modules and virtual class sessions is $1250. There are scholarships available to cover the full costs of the course for students from outside the USA in low- or middle-income countries.
Apply by sending your application, C.V., and proof of payment as separate attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications can be downloaded here.