LSTM: Health in Humanitarian Emergencies

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) was the first institution in the world dedicated to research and teaching in the field of tropical medicine and as we approach our 115th anniversary, we continue to be a leading international institution in the fight against infectious, debilitating and disabling diseases.  As a registered charity, we work in over 60 countries worldwide, often in very difficult circumstances, to fulfil our mission of reducing the burden of sickness and mortality in disease endemic countries through the delivery of effective interventions which improve human health and are relevant to the poorest communities.

LSTM is conducting a two-week course on Health in Humanitarian Emergences from 11-22 April 2017 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

This course aims to provide students with knowledge and critical understanding of common public health problems in humanitarian emergencies. It aims to enable students to adopt an evidence-based and reasoned approach to the critical assessment and management of the problems and to develop and evaluate strategies for their prevention and control.

Course Outline

  • Common public health problems: context and constraints to their management in emergencies;
  • Rapid needs assessment, setting priorities, goals and objectives;
  • Calculating key indicators of the health status of a population;
  • Health information systems in emergencies;
  • The primary health care approach to humanitarian emergencies;
  • Environmental health planning and management in emergencies;
  • Common epidemic communicable diseases surveillance and control in emergencies;
  • Managing specific disease outbreaks;
  • Effect of disasters on food security;
  • Risk factors for malnutrition in complex emergencies;
  • Methods of assessing food security and nutritional status in emergency situations;
  • Current approaches to the management of malnutrition and micronutrient deficiency disorders;
  • Reproductive health for displaced populations;
  • Gender-based violence;
  • HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections - approaches to prevention, control and management;
  • Mental health;
  • Health promotion & post-conflict health needs;
  • Critical analysis of a specific public health problem in a current humanitarian emergency.

10 Academic Credits – Assessments

For an additional fee of £95, you can be entered for full Academic Credits for this course (Masters level credit, awarded by the University of Liverpool). The academic credits are offered to provide choice and flexibility to all of our students and students who do not wish to do the assessments will be awarded a Certificate of Attendance. Applicants wishing to find out more about the assessment should contact

Academic requirements: 

Any person working in international development and humanitarianism would benefit from attending this course. Also, people who work in areas of public health, health protection and disease control would benefit.

English language requirements: 

Attending course with Academic Credit:

The course is taught in English. Students whose first language is not English must provide evidence of an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of at least 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all learning components, or a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of at least 88 for the Internet-based Test (iBT), with minimum scores of 21 for Listening and Writing, 22 for Reading and 23 for Speaking. Tests should be within their validity period of 2 years.
Attending course – Certificate of Attendance Only:

The course is taught in English and in a postgraduate setting. Students whose first language is not English should be aware that to benefit from the course participants should have English language proficiency at the equivalent of an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of at least 6.5.

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Event Start Date: 
Tuesday, 11 April, 2017
Event End Date: 
Saturday, 22 April, 2017
Event Venue: 
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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