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Infectious Diseases in Humanitarian Emergencies

The course will not run in 2014. Details for the next intake have not been confirmed at this stage.


This course is designed for those working in public health or related disciplines in developing countries, who have an interest and experience of infectious disease management in humanitarian emergencies and who would like to improve their skills or update their knowledge to support implementation of infectious disease projects and programmes in emergency settings.

Course objectives are to:

  • Review epidemiology of infectious diseases in humanitarian emergencies (conflict and natural disasters);
    consider the challenges of implementing infectious disease programmes in emergencies;
  • Describe concepts in infectious disease risk assessment in emergencies;
  • Examine concepts in design and implementation of early warning/surveillance systems in emergencies;
  • Review principles of outbreak investigation and management, including laboratory, media and communication, social mobilization, and infection control;
  • Explore strategies in the prevention and control of key infectious diseases in emergencies.

Course Directors

Natasha Howard
: Natasha.Howard@lshtm.ac.uk
Egbert Sondorp: Egbert.Sondorp@lshtm.ac.uk

Unit on Disease Control in Humanitarian Emergencies (DCE)
: cdemergencies@who.int

This course is jointly organized by LSHTM and the World Health Organization (WHO), the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. WHO is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

Course Setting and Outline

The course runs for 5 days. It will cover:

  • epidemiological concepts and indicators
  • infectious disease epidemiology
  • risk assessments and disease surveillance
  • outbreak investigation and response
  • infection control
  • social mobilization, media and communication
  • epidemiology and control of key diseases in emergencies (e.g. diarrhoeal disease, acute respiratory infections, malaria, tuberculosis, HIV, vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles and meningitis)

Teaching Methods and Course Materials

Teaching will be through a mixture of lectures, cases studies, group exercises, discussions and practical sessions.


Certificates of attendance will be provided to participants based on full participation during all sessions

Course fee

Fees for the next intake have not yet been confirmed.


 LSHTM cannot provide accommodation for participants. A list of hotels and other accommodation located near the School is available, on request, from the LSHTM Registry.

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is committed to improving global health through its programme of short and full-time postgraduate study.


Please note:

  • If you have been offered a place on the course you will not be able to register without bringing formal ID (Passport / UK photo driving license) and having obtained the correct visa.
  • It is essential that you read the current visa requirements for shortcourse students. To view this information please click here.
  • The School may cancel courses two weeks before the first day of the course if numbers prove insufficient.  In those circumstances, course fees will be refunded.
  • The School cannot accept responsibility for accommodation, travel and other losses incurred as a result of the course being cancelled.









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