Humanitarian crises the focus of new course

Researchers from the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) have launched a new course for Harvard undergraduates starting in the Spring 2016 semester. The course aims to introduce students to global health theory and policy and its applications during humanitarian crises. Students will have the option to participate in HHI’s long-running annual humanitarian disaster simulation held in a forest outside Boston. They will role-play as refugees for the event, which is the culminating experience in HHI’s Humanitarian Response Intensive Course for graduate students and public health professionals.

“We want [undergraduates] to understand what it means to be a refugee, how the international community is designed to respond to disasters and refugee crises,” course co-instructor Stephanie Kayden, assistant professor in the Department of Global Health and Population at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, said in a February 5, 2016 article in The Harvard Crimson.

Read Crimson article: New Humanitarian Studies Course Debuts