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Spring 1 2008

Dr. V. Rooyen
1.25 credits

The last two decades have seen the growth in the humanitarian aid industry and the maturation of the field of international relief. With this growth has come the collective realization of the need for applying methods for data collection, evaluation and needs-based planning in humanitarian operations in the field. In complex field settings such as wars and disasters, the application of rapid epidemiologic methods requires both an understanding of applied field methods and a common-sense understanding of humanitarian operations. This seminar series will address practical approaches to field assessments, design of relief programs, barriers encountered in the field, and the use of field standards, such as Sphere standards. Students will be encouraged to participate in practical exercises and discussions related to case scenarios in conflict-related crises, and will learn the initial approaches to developing programs in large-scale complex emergencies.
Course note: No auditors. (5.03)


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Spring 1 2007

Dr. Michael Van Rooyen(G)
Dr. J. Leaning (S)
1.25 credits

The last two decades have seen the growth in the humanitarian aid industry and the maturation of the field of international relief. With this growth has come the collective realization of the need for applying methods for data collection, evaluation and needs-based planning in humanitarian operations in the field. In complex field settings such as wars and disasters, the application of rapid epidemiologic methods requires both an understanding of applied field methods and a common-sense understanding of humanitarian operations. This seminar series will address practical approaches to field assessments, design of relief programs, barriers encountered in the field, and the use of field standards, such as Sphere standards. Students will be encouraged to participate in practical exercises and discussions related to case scenarios in conflict-related crises, and will learn the initial approaches to developing programs in large-scale complex emergencies.
Course note: No auditors. (5.03)


Course evaluations are an important method for feedback on the quality of course offerings. The submission of a course evaluation is a requirement for this course. Your grade for the course will be made available only after you have submitted responses to at least the first three questions of the on-line evaluation for this course.

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