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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PHC6183
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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: 6183
  10. Full Title: Foundations in Humanitarian Assistance
  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?: Y
  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 Assistance
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: none
  23. Corequisites: none
  24. Course Description: This course is designed to develop or improve the skills of persons interested in providing emergency health services in international humanitarian emergencies.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: This course is on in a seies of four courses to develop an in-depth approach of assisting populations after a disaster. The four courses replace the course "Public Health Emergencies in Large Populations" PHC6186, a course 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 the 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.) doctoral degree and further graduate level or equilivant taining 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. As an introduction to the field of humanitarian assistance this course will discuss the history of the delivery of humanitarian assistance and will define terms used in the field. Other topics covered in this course include: natural disasters, man-made disasters, complex emergencies, terrorism, team building, non-government organizations, role of the United Nations, role of the military, use of the internet, refugees, internally displaced persons, laws affecting humanitarian assistance and human rights, the ethical dilemmas faced, and the role of politics in humanitarian assistance. This course is the first 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 Develop a historical perspective of humanitarian assistance.

    X Debate current issues in the humanitarian field.

    X Develop a perception of the current international role of humanitarian assistance.

    X Know the different types of natural disasters and the variety of problems they create.

    X Know how modern man-made technology can create disasters.

    X Understand the roots of terrorism.

    X Understand the goal of terrorist acts.

    X Discuss agro- and bio-terrorism and the effect on people.

    X Understand the principles of team management and motivation.

    X Develop a philosophy of cooperation/teamwork rather than competition/individualism.

    X Understand the roles and practices of non-governmental organizations.

    X Identify the different United Nation organizations involved in humanitarian assistance.

    X Understand the role of humanitarian strategy in the United Nations framework.

    X Discuss the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs roles.

    X Understand the role and organization of the World Health Organization.

    X Understand the need for neutrality for international agencies, non-governmental agencies and the Red Cross/Red Crescent.

    X Understand what roles the military play in humanitarian assistance.

    X Understand the internal structure of a military logistic machine.

    X Define the role of the military in a humanitarian response.

    X Understand culture differences between military and non-governmental organizations.

    X Know how to use the internet as a vital tool in humanitarian work.

    X Discuss the difference between a refugee and a internally displaced person.

    X Understand issues related to forced migration.

    X Understanding of issues related to refugees and internally displaced persons.

    X Understand the role of International Humanitarian Law, Human Rights Law, and the interaction of the two.

    X Apply the principles of International Humanitarian Law to the prosecution of war criminals by national military courts.

    X Apply the principles of International Humanitarian Law to providing services in conflict situations.

    X Explain how the Consolidated Appeal Program works.

    X Discuss the ethical problems faced by workers in the field of humanitarian assistance.

    X Understand the role of politics in delivering humanitarian assistance.

    X Understand the connection between a nations security and human rights.

    X Understand the connection between a nations sovereignty and humanitarian action

  31. Major Topics: - A historic perspective of humanitarian assistance

    • How Durant changed the world

    • The Geneva connection

    • Changes in the delivery of humanitarian assistance

    - A current perspective of humanitarian assistance

    • Code of conduct

    • International aid

    • Changing perceptive on the delivery of humanitarian assistance

    • Changing paradigms in the field

    • Disaster Data

    V Emergency Situations and Natural disasters

    • Types of natural disasters

    • Problems presented by natural disasters

    • Disaster cycle

    • Public health response to natural disasters

    V Man-made Disasters/Terrorism

    • Technological disasters

    • Conflict

    • Complex Emergencies

    • Roots of terrorism

    • History of terrorism

    • Weapons of Mass Destruction

    • Effects of agro-terrorism and bio-terrorism

    • Psychological effects of terrorism

    V Team Building

    • Motivating team members

    • Team management

    • Selecting the right team members

    • Being a team player

    • Conducting meetings

    V Non-government Organizations (NGOs) and the United Nations (UN)

    • Different roles of NGOs

    • Cultures of the different NGOs

    • Religious NGOs

    • Role of the United Nations

    • Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

    • Mandates of the United Nations

    • Structure of the United Nations

    V Role of the Military in Humanitarian Assistance

    • Role of the military in humanitarian assistance.

    • Working with the military in delivering humanitarian assistance

    • Use of military in security issues

    • Chain of command

    • Military culture

    • Relationship between NGO and Military

    V Internet as a tool in humanitarian work

    • Class will meet in the computer lab

    • Tracking a natural disaster on the internet

    • Reporting information on the internet

    • Weeding through the internet garbage

    V Refugees and Internally Displaced Person (IDP)

    • Definition of a refugee

    • Definition of a internally displaced person

    • Demographics of forced migration

    • Local resentment of immigrants

    V International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law

    • Review of exam

    • The general legal context of humanitarian assistance

    • History of International Humanitarian Law

    • History of Human Rights Law

    • Interaction between International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Laws

    • The Consolidated Appeal Program

    • United Nations Rights Mechanisms

    • Principles of International Refugee Law in relation to asylum seekers

    • Prosecution of war criminals by national military courts

    - Ethics

    • What is expected of the United Nations

    • Problems when working in the field

    • Tribulations of delivering aid

    • Does doing good always have good outcomes

    V Politics and humanitarianism

    • How politics affect the delivery of humanitarian assistance

    • Political resistance to humanitarianism assistance

    • Working with local and national governments

  32. Textbooks: *Baccino-Astrada, A. (1982). Manual on the rights and duties of medical personnel in armed conflicts. Geneva: International Committee of the Red Cross Publications.

    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.

    *Committee on Population. (1998). The demography of forced migration: Summary of a workshop. Washington,

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