Health assistance in humanitarian crisis, 12 credits

A course organized by Centre for Research on Health Care in Disasters/Kunskapscentrum for katastrofmedicin together with MSF Sweden Department of Global Public Health Sciences - Health Systems and Policy. The overall aim of the course is to provide competencies, strategies and tools to enable the course participants to work as humanitarian health assistance staff.

About the course

The course basis is the global health situation and determinants for health. The course illustrates how context and different types of disasters affects public health. It highlights health strategies aimed at reducing morbidity and mortality. It also provides concrete tools for planning and implementing humanitarian health assistance.

Portrait of Johan von Schreeb
Photo: Andreas Andersson

Course leader 

Johan Von Schreeb is a medical doctor specialised in general surgery who has worked with MSF in disasters world wide. He is a professor in Global Disaster Medicine at the Department of Global Public Health and head of the Centre for Research on Health Care in Disasters. The centre is a WHO collaborative centre that provides trainings in global disaster medicine and trauma care in austere settings, conducts research and supports policy work within the field.

Teaching Methods 

  • Web based seminars
  • Interactive lectures
  • Discussion seminars
  • Group assignments
  • Clinical simulation exercises

Course content

  • Global health
  • Communicable diseases, epidemic outbreaks
  • Maternal and child health
  • Non communicable diseases
  • Mental health
  • Moral and ethical dilemmas in humanitarian work
  • Human resource management

More information can be found in the course syllabus. 

More information

For more information about course content:

Hannah von Reding

Project coordinator

For more information about registration and course fee:

Kristoffer Mörtsjö

Project coordinator