Health & Sexual Violence in Humanitarian Settings


Next session: 28 October  - 1 November 2019

Which are the main health problems encountered in humanitarian crises and how can they be addressed implementing the various response strategies according to the basic and specific health needs of populations affected by natural disaster, and/or armed conflict, and epidemics? 

Learning outcomes in terms of knowledge - Understanding of:

  • the major health-related issues that needs to be addressed in humanitarian crises, including reproductive health, sexual violence, and mental health of humanitarian workers;
  • a range of health, nutrition and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) policies and strategies in a variety of humanitarian contexts, focusing on primary health care approaches.

Learning outcomes in terms of skills - Capacity to:

  • set priorities for health, nutrition, WASH interventions in different contexts;
  • identify coordination and security issues in implementing health, nutrition, WASH programmes;
  • elaborate on the need to integrate various fields such as disease prevention and basic medical care, environmental health, health promotion, community participation;
  • defend and negotiate an operational plan with various partners;
  • define immediate-, short-, medium-term and long-term health response strategies in specific contexts.

Learning outcomes in terms of analytical competences -Ability to

  • critically analyse the impact of humanitarian emergencies on health and well-being;
  • analyse and present specific health needs of migrant population.


2 ECTS - Credits recognized by the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.