SURG 514: Surgical Care in Humanitarian Disaster Response

In this course, students will examine the current status of global activity by national and international responders to both natural and conflict-related humanitarian disasters with particular emphasis on the role of surgical care.

Credits: 3




Upon successful completion of this course learners will have:

  • an understanding of the complexity of the global burden and trends of humanitarian disasters
  • an understanding of the phases of a humanitarian disaster
  • the ability to describe and critique select responses to humanitarian disasters
  • the ability to outline and defend the essentials for adequate surgical care in any disaster response

What our students have to say about our instructors:

“Very engaged, attention to detail, good communication, provided additional resources during discussions.”


“Excellent, amazing experience and translation, very attentive.”


[The instructor’s] “discussion posts always help me think about the subject beyond our readings and understand humanitarian disasters we read about in the news from a different perspective.”


“Online discussions were always well facilitated and interesting. Always learned so much more from instructors and classmates from online discussions after the module reading was completed.”


“[The instructor] was an excellent and engaged facilitator in the course. [They] always encouraged thoughtful discussions and actively shared [their] experience and expertise with the student.”


“Very appreciative of the consistent interaction in the discussions. Previous experiences and extra resources were effective, and followup questions inspiring.”


[The instructor] was exceptionally engaging and resourceful, sharing [their] personal and extensive experiences with students. I learned a lot from [their] responses, and they were always thought–provoking and encouraging.


Very thorough discussion commentary, really generated fantastic discussion.