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Humanitarian Response to Conflict and Disaster

Harvard University via edX

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  • Provider edX
  • Subject Public Health
  • $ Cost Free Online Course
  • Session Self Paced
  • Language English
  • Certificate $99 Certificate Available
  • Effort 3-4 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 5 weeks long

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Overview

From the Syrian refugee crisis to the West Africa Ebola outbreak, humanitarian emergencies have reached unprecedented dimensions and proportions. As need for humanitarian aid grows, how can efforts to alleviate human suffering evolve with it?

This course from the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and HarvardX seeks to prepare learners to recognize and analyze emerging challenges in the humanitarian field. The course explores the ethical and professional principles that guide humanitarian response to conflict and disaster. Participants will learn the legal and historical frameworks that shaped these principles, test their applicability to the challenges faced by humanitarian actors today.

Through four case studies covering the responses to crises in Goma (Zaire), Somalia, the Balkans, Afghanistan and Pakistan, participants will engage with Harvard faculty, current practitioners, and one another. These cases introduce major trends affecting the current landscape of humanitarian response – including rapid population displacement, violence against aid workers, and civil-military engagement. Thoughtfully engaging with this course will prepare participants to be informed and aware humanitarian practitioners, scholars, policy-makers, and global citizens.

 

Taught by

Jennifer Leaning MD, SMH and Michael VanRooyen MD, MPH

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Aziz H
5.0 8 months ago
by Aziz completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
This e-learning series is specially designed for humanitarian workers who actually face critical situations in field during conflict situations and humanitarian crises.
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Alena S
5.0 4 months ago
Alena completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
I really enjoyed this course - especially I am glad for participation of people from really different fields who has different personal and professional points of view (as teachers and participants so even discussions were really interesting).

Thank you for your job HardvardX, it really worth it!
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Martin D
4.0 2 years ago
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