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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PHC6188
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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: 6188
  10. Full Title: From Emergency to Development and Prevention
  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): Emergency to Development
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: Organizing Emergency Humanitarian Actions
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: This course includes: resources, training for local agencies, basic services, cultural issues, Sphere Projects Minimum Standards, basic services, women after a disaster, and health service program.

  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 womans 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:

    X Discuss the planning that goes into responding to an acute emergency.

    X Coordinate local and international emergency response efforts.

    X Develop preparedness training programs.

    X Understand the problems that can arise when the displaced population receives better health care than the local population.

    X Discuss how displaced persons can be integrated into the local community.

    X Understand why it is important to try and obtain food and supplies from the local community.

    X Understand the role of the black market.

    X Discuss why it is important to allow the displaced population to practice their own traditions and rituals.

    X Understand the cross-cultural issues which must be considered when working with local communities and displaced populations.

    X Utilize the minimum standards from The Sphere Project when delivering humanitarian assistance.

    X Discuss the importance of developing a comprehensive, seamless service program.

    X Practice the skills required for the planning and delivery of services to a displaced population

    X Identify the training that humanitarian workers require to deal with the special needs of vulnerable populations.

    X Understand the special protection measures that must be implemented to protect vulnerable populations from exploitation.

    X Analyze the problems faced and posed by children in conflict: unaccompanied minors, orphans, child soldiers, and children at risk of physical or sexual abuse.

    X Discuss the rights of children.

    X Recognize the important role that elderly persons play in a recovery plan.

    X Understand the different problems presented by physically and mentally disabled displaced persons.

    X Recognize gender issues as it relate to refugee and internally displaced people.

    X Recognize gender-based violence and ways to prevent it.

    X Discuss the role of the Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women.

    X Understand the reproductive health concerns of displaced persons.

    X Discuss the process of designing comprehensive reproductive health programs for different cultures.

    X Recognize the issues in providing information on family planning.

    X Understand the effects of AIDS/HIV and STDs on displaced populations?

    X Identify and discuss the psychological problems which affect victims of conflict and disasters.

    X Discuss stress issues affecting the victims.

    X Understand how physical, psychological and social conditions combine to affect the health and wellbeing of displaced persons.

  31. Major Topics: - Emergency Preparedness

    • Introduction to emergency preparedness

    • Local emergency response

    • International emergency response

    • Mobilization of local and international resources

    • Elements in preparedness training

    • Responding to an acute emergency

    V Working with local Communities

    • Merging the displaced population into the local community

    • Purchasing food and supplies locally

    • Disparity of health care services between local and displaced communities

    • Getting displaced people work in the local community

    V Cross-cultural Issues

    • Cultural differences between the local and displaced populations

    • Values and norms of different cultures

    • Importance of cultural rituals and traditions

    • Religion

    V Sphere Project Minimum Standards

    • Review minimum standards in the delivery of humanitarian services

    • History of the formation of minimum standards

    V Establishing basic services

    • Designing and planning an operation

    • Management skills

    • Coordination of services

    • Comprehensive and seamless services

    V Vulnerable Populations - Children

    • Rights of children

    • Meeting the needs of displaced children

    • Setting up education programs

    • Protection from sexual exploitation and abuse

    • Training and capacity building of humanitarian personnel

    V Vulnerable Populations V Elderly and Disabled

    • Rights of the elderly

    • Rights of the disabled

    • Mental versus physical disability V different needs and problems

    • Using the elderly to build community

    • Training and capacity building of humanitarian personnel

    V Gender Issues

    • Role of women in disaster recovery

    • Role of men in disaster recovery

    V Gender Issues

    • Exploitation and discrimination against women

    • Power issues

    V Reproductive Health Services

    • Education programs on reproductive health services

    • Education programs on family planning

    • Providing services

    • Cultural issues in providing reproductive health services

    V HIV/AIDS and STDs

    • Education for awareness and control of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS

    • Treatment for infected individuals

    V Mental Health of Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons

    • Psychological problems affecting individual victims of conflict and disaster

    • Mental health programs

    • Returning to a normal life

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

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

    Couldrey, M. & Morris, T. (October 2002). Displaced children and adolescents: Challenges and opportunities. Forced Migration Review, 15, 1-54.

    Davis, J. & Lambert, R. (1995). Engineering in emergencies: A practical guide for relief workers. London: Intermediate Technology Publications.

    Enarson, E. & Morrow, B. H. (Eds.) (1998). The gendered terrain of disaster: Through womens e

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  37. Policy on Make-up Work:
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