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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PHC6187
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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: 6187
  10. Full Title: Organizing Emergency Humanitarian Actions
  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): Humanitarian Action
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: Foundation in Humanitarian Assistance
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: Topics to be covered in this course include the: use of early warning systems, logistics, security of food, safety, assessment and surveillance, epidemiology, malnutrition, feeding programs, water and sanitation, shelter, and communicable diseases.

  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 populations after a disaster. The four couses replace the course "Public Health Emergencies in Large Populations" PHC 6186, a couse that only gave an overview.
  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 teh City of Knowledge, Panama City, Panama. The course will help market USF to the Caribbean Basin 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 refuge 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. Topics to be covered in this course include the: use of early warning systems for the detection of humanitarian emergencies, logistical planning of the humanitarian response, security of food and supplies, safety of humanitarian works and refugees or internally displaced persons, assessment and surveillance, disaster epidemiology, food issues, malnutrition, feeding programs, water and sanitation, shelter, vest and pest control, and communicable diseases. This course is the second of four courses required for completion of the graduate certificate in International Humanitarian Assistance (I.H.A.).
  30. Learning Outcomes: By the end of the course participants will be able to:

    X Identify the main political, economic, social, environmental and agricultural trends, which may be used to monitor for impending disasters.

    X Present a critical analysis of existing early warning systems.

    X Determine gaps in an early warning system and how these gaps should be filled.

    X Understand how to use health systems as early warning indicators.

    X Determine the threshold level for a humanitarian response.

    X Understand how to ensure that humanitarian assistance is timely and effective.

    X Present the key elements involved in preparedness planning and responding to an acute emergency.

    X Develop a plan for the mobilization of local and international resources.

    X Understand the framework and infrastructure, necessary at an international and local level in order to create a rapid response.

    X Know how to manage information within the framework of the emergency assistance.

    X Understand problems faced by a logistics officer when attempting to secure and transport vital supplies.

    X Develop an awareness of mapping and geographical issues.

    X Understand intervention strategies in cases of food insecurity.

    X Discuss security of self and other humanitarian workers in the field.

    X Develop protection strategies in humanitarian relief efforts.

    X Measure key epidemiological indicators in a given population.

    X Understand the principles and methodology involved in nutritional surveys and surveillance.

    X Introduce methods for assessment of population size, structure and dynamics.

    X Utilize rapid population assessment techniques.

    X Understand basic nutritional requirements and how these are achieved through standard rationing, food distribution systems and storage.

    X Understand the effect of malnutrition on vulnerable populations.

    X Examine food-seeking behavior in relation to local and external food suppliers.

    X Examine constraints and opportunities regarding food availability and distribution.

    X Understand what is meant by malnutrition.

    X Examine the most important clinical aspects and management of children with severe malnutrition.

    X Identify and discuss the principles involved in nutritional rehabilitation, feeding programs and follow-up.

    X Discuss the ethics of food for work/training programs.

    X Determine the amount of water needed by a given population.

    X Find ways to dispose of dead bodies.

    X Help displaced individuals relocate.

    X Select a site for a refugee camp.

    X Design the layout of a refugee camp.

    X Discuss the different types of vectors and pests.

    X Develop control programs for pests and vectors.

    X Know which communicable diseases are of potential importance in the refugee setting.

    X Discuss the pros and cons of using pesticides and insecticides.

    X Develop an immunization program for measles and other communicable diseases.

    X Know the different types of communicable diseases, their prevention and treatment.

  31. Major Topics: - Early Warning Systems

    • Early warning systems

    • Using health systems as early warning indicators of a humanitarian crisis

    • Conducting a critical analysis of existing early warning systems

    • Strengths and weaknesses of early warning systems

    • Existing opportunities for greater networking and integration

    • Filling gaps in the existing early warning system

    V Responding to Emergencies

    • Setting the threshold for response

    • Coordination of humanitarian actions

    • Responding in a timely and effective manner

    • Emergency health kit

    • Required drugs

    • Required medical supplies

    V Logistics

    • Logistic considerations in responding to an acute emergency

    • Mobilizing supplies

    • Transportation problems across international borders

    • Managing resources

    • Dealing with hostilities

    • Communications

    V Security and Safety Issues

    • Security of food and supplies

    • Safety of displaced persons and humanitarian workers

    • Safety of humanitarian workers

    V Assessment and Continuing Surveillance

    • Role of the World Health Organization

    • Rapid population assessment techniques

    • Conducting the initial assessment

    • Vulnerable populations

    • Assessment of needs

    • Public health surveillance

    V Disaster Epidemiology

    • What is disaster epidemiology

    • Statistics in disasters

    • Identification and utilization of key epidemiological indicators

    V Food Issues and Malnutrition

    • Basic nutrition requirements

    • Examine food seeking behavior

    • Role of local and external food providers

    • How to examine constraints and opportunities regarding food availability

    • Food distribution

    • Food for work concept

    • Food for training concept

    • Ethics in food programs

    V Food Issues and Malnutrition

    • Conducting nutritional surveys

    • Nutrition surveillance techniques

    • Clinical aspects of malnutrition

    • Principles involved in nutritional rehabilitation

    • Development of food programs

    • Following-up on food programs

    V Water and Sanitation

    • Assessment of water needs

    • Access to water and storage

    • Water source and distribution

    • Water treatment

    • Environmental health

    • Health promotion

    • Disposal of excreta and garbage

    • Disposal of the dead

    V Shelter

    • Avoiding refugee camps

    • Site selection

    • Key principles of camp planning

    • Camp layout and services

    • Storage facilities and service centers

    • Building construction

    - Vector and Pest Control and Communicable Diseases

    • Types of vectors

    • Control program

    • Pesticides

    • Insecticides

    V Communicable Diseases

    • Types of communicable diseases

    • Tuberculosis

    • Cholera

    • Measles Immunization

    • Malaria

    • tional governments

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

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

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

    *International Committee of the Red Cross. (1994). War wounds: Basic surgical management. Geneva: International Committee of the Red Cross Publications.

    *International Committee of the Red Cross. (1997). The SIrUS project. Geneva: International Committee of the Red Cross

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