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ERRB: Health in Complex Emergencies

Course Overview

This course will cover the technical and management principles that form the basis of planning, implementing, and evaluating health programs related to complex humanitarian emergencies (CHEs) and population displacement in developing countries. Emphasis will be placed on refugees aggregated in camps.

Topics will include assessment, epidemiology of major health problems, surveillance, and program management in the context of international humanitarian operations.

Target Audience

  • Mid-level public health professionals from CHE affected countries or countries likely to experience CHEs.
  • Mid-level staff working in aid and donor agencies on CHE related public health issues.
  • Graduate Students in related fields.

The goal is that after attending this course, the attendee could serve as a resource to inform decision makers in the event of a complex humanitarian emergency.

The Course

This week-long course is held in the spring of each year at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. International visitors are encouraged to arrive early.

The course will be taught in English. Computer proficiency is also essential (Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point).


Bombed Building, Kosovo

We expect this course to be quite challenging in terms of out-of-class reading assignments, in-class lectures and case studies.

Attendance is mandatory everyday from 9am- 5pm. Every morning will start with a short open notes quiz on the key points from the required reading.

Attendees will receive a certificate of attendance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Emory University.

More Information

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