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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PHC6189
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  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2004-11-04
  2. Department: global health
  3. College: PH
  4. Budget Account Number: 6408-00-20
  5. Contact Person: wayne w westhoff
  6. Phone: 46621
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: PHC
  9. Number: 6189
  10. Full Title: Current Challenges in the Humanitarian Field
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Current topics in Humanitarian
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: From Emergency to Development and Prevention
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: This course will review: leadership issues, advocacy, neutrality and impartiality, the media, prisoner visitations, torture, demobilization and decommissioning of combatants, expatriates, peace-keeping to peace-building, sovereignty, and reconstruction.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: This course is one in a series of four courses to develop an in-depth approach of assisting population after a disaster. The four couses replace the course "Public Health Emergencies in Large Populations" PHC 6186.
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? This course is being developed for a sequence that will lead to a certificate. It is also being developed to teach at the City of Knowledge, Panama City, Panama. The course will help market USF to the Caribbean and Latin American countries.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No, however it has been taught as a condensed version; PHC6186.
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) A doctoral degree and further graduate level or equilivant training in refugee health or disaster recovery.
  29. Objectives: This course is designed to develop or improve the skills of persons interested in providing emergency health services in humanitarian emergencies. In this course the student will learn how to: mobilize local and international resources in a emergency response, develop preparedness training workshops for local agencies, work with local communities and how to establish basic services to a displaced population, determine the cultural issues affecting the displaced population and the local population, understand the importance of traditions, values, norms, and rites of different cultures, use the Sphere Projects Minimum Standards, design and put into operation basic services to a displaced population, understand the special needs of vulnerable populations, realize the woman‘¦s role in disaster recovery, appreciate the special issues faced by women after a disaster, know how to design a reproductive health service program, provide education on sexually transmitted diseases, and understand the psychological problems affecting individuals victims of conflict and disasters.
  30. Learning Outcomes: By the end of the course participants will be able to:

     Define what leadership skills are required in humanitarian assistance.

     Identify personal skills which need to be developed.

     Discuss the dilemma of advocacy and neutrality for international agencies.

     Discuss stress issues affecting the humanitarian workers.

     Understand compassion fatigue and how it causes burn out.

     Practice relaxation techniques.

     Define the role of the media in humanitarian action.

     Understand how to interact with media representatives and utilize them to educate the public.

     Identify factors which are involved in the process of visiting prisoners.

     Discuss issues as they relate to torture form the International Human Rights point of view and international legislation.

     Discuss common methods of torture and the impact of torture.

     Recognize and rehabilitate survivors of torture.

     Discuss the issue of demobilization.

     Analysis the need for and problems posed in demobilization and decommissioning of combatants.

     Analysis the socioeconomic, political, logistical, cultural and psychological aspects of repatriation and reintegration.

     Discuss the issue of demobilization.

     Discuss strategies for the care of individuals wounded in war.

     Understand the health problems of expatriates.

     Discuss the key issues involved in voluntary versus forced repatriation.

     Discuss the reception of asylum seekers on the basis of regional policies and procedures.

     Discuss how conflicts are resolved.

     Discuss the role of humanitarian organizations in the process of peace and reconciliation.

     Understand why national security and sovereignty must be considered in the process of peace and reconciliation.

     Discuss how national security and human rights interrelate.

     Identify how knowledge is gathered for the reconstruction process.

     Understand how a society moves from the emergency response to social and economic stabilization.

     Discuss why it is important to consider economics at both the micro and macro level

     Discuss why social stabilization is important in the reconstruction process.

     Understand the importance of including a long-term perspective towards sustainable development as a part of the international response to an emergency.

     Discuss the impact of the “Third World Debt” on sustainable development.

     Define institutional amnesia.

     Analysis a case studies of a humanitarian response.

     Apply lessons learned from past humanitarian responses to new emergencies.

     Understand how the humanitarian assistance worker must show flexibility and be able to think out of the box.

  31. Major Topics: – Leadership

    • What is expected of a leader

    • The ten commitments of leadership

    • The challenge of change

    • Learning from mistakes

    • Flexibility and thinking out of the box

    • Giving power to others

    – Mental Health of Workers in the Humanitarian Field

    • Culture shock

    • Critical Incident Stress

    • Managing stress through relaxation

    • Relaxation techniques

    – Working with the Media

    • How to interact with the media

    • How not to interact with the media

    • Utilizing the media to educate the public

    • Advocating while remaining neutral

    • Video taping of student interaction with media

    – Working with the Media

    • Video taping of student interaction with media

    • Evaluation of taped interview

    • If the student wants to keep a copy of their interview they should bring a blank tape to class.

    - Prisoners & Torture

    • Visiting prisoners

    • Methods of torture and recognition

    • Impact of torture

    • rehabilitation of survivors

    – Demobilization/Decommissioning of Combatants and Health Issues for Expatriates

    • Demobilize combatants

    • Decommission combatants

    • Integration of combatants back into the community

    • Health problems as an expatriate

    • Designing health programs for expatriates

    – Care of the War Wounded

    • Strategies for care of war-wounded

    • Setting up hospitals

    • Medical personnel needed

    • Supplies needed

    – Conflict and Resolution

    • Conflict and resolution

    • Problems behind the solution

    • Role of the United Nations

    • Role of humanitarian organizations

    – Transition from Peace-keeping to Peace Building

    • Transition Phase

    • Long-term peace-building

    – Economic and Social Stabilization

    • The need for knowledge in the reconstruction process

    • Micro-Economic stabilization

    • Macro-Economic stabilization

    • Social stabilization

    – Economic and Social Stabilization (continued)

     Balancing national security and civil liberties. Found in Cahill (2003), Traditions, values and humanitarian action, pp. 261-275.

     Disasters and development. Perrin, P. (1996). Handbook on war and public health, pp. 335-378.

     Concern worldwide’s approach to water and sanitation and shelter needs in emergencies. Found in Cahill (2003), Emergency Relief Operations, pp. 80-112.

    – Crises and Challenges

    • Students will be given a package of information on the international reaction to hurricane Mitch. This package should be read before class so that we can conduct a formal case study.

    • Either a very recent disaster or an ongoing disaster will be examined by the class. This case study will be done cold to force the students to think on their feet.

    • Take home final exam will be handed out at the end of class

  32. Textbooks: *American Pubic Health Association. (2002). Advocates handbook: A guide for effective public health advocacy. Washington DC: APHA.

    Cahill, K. M. (Ed.). (2003a). Basics of International Humanitarian Missions. New York: Fordham University Press.

    Cahill, K. M. (Ed.). (2003b). Emergency Relief Operations. New York: Fordham University Press.

    Cahill, K. M. (Ed.). (2003c). Traditions, values, and humanitarian action. New York: Fordham University Press.

    *International Committee of the Red Cross (1995). A guide for professional soldiers: Law of war. Geneva: International Committee of the Re

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