Humanitarian Medicine Course

Castleton, UK

Course Date

  • 21 October 2024 08:00 - 24 October 2024 16:00

GBP £995.00


Develop a new skill set which has the power to make a difference across the world. Humanitarian Medicine allows you to learn the theory, essential skills and key medical aspects of humanitarian intervention. Whether you’re looking to travel and support aid projects, or simply incorporate these universal principles of care into more domestic situations.

CPD Award: This course has been awarded 23 CPD hours by The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

We also offer Humanitarian Medicine course in the following locations:

“Thank you for an amazing course, a great insight into humanitarian medicine – particularly for someone who did not have much knowledge at all. Brilliant faculty, very friendly and a great range of roles and experience.”
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Key facts

This specially designed course has been created to give a comprehensive introduction to the broad sector of Humanitarian Medicine.

You’ll find the learning impactful and intense, packing together lecture based content, with workshops, interactive discussion, and practical sessions.

Our syllabus has been designed to provide maximum impact for medical and healthcare professionals on the ground. Whether you are yet to start your humanitarian medicine career or have a couple of deployments under your belt, this course will help develop your skill set and immerse you among like minded colleagues in the sector.

Location: YHA Castleton Losehill Hall

You must be a:

  • Medical or Allied Healthcare Professional
  • Student in your last two years of study

What’s included:

  • Tutoring, accommodation and meals

What’s not:

  • General travel costs
  • Travel and health insurance
  • Personal equipment
  • Drink and food from the bar

What to expect

We start by examining the essential structures and standards that govern humanitarian aid and health intervention, before moving onto medico/legal aspects, ethics and how to adapt your practice to new settings.

Following this foundation we move on to public health needs assessments and the huge topic of malnutrition. Part of this involves learning about camps, settlements and WASH (water sanitation and hygiene)

In the second half of the course we’ll be looking at communicable and non-communicable disease, tropical and neglected tropical disease and concepts around disease outbreak response.

The final phase of the course covers mental health, psychological first aid, child and women’s health and gender-based violence.

This extensive programme also equips you with the knowledge you’ll need for medical triage, chemical and biological weapons and how to take the next steps to find opportunities in the humanitarian sector.

Course content

  • Introduction to Humanitarian Medicine
  • Standards and Health Priorities
  • Health System Design and Humanitarian Intervention
  • Adapting Practice to Resource Poor Locations
  • Working with National Staff
  • Communications
  • Logistics & Supply Chain in Humanitarian Healthcare
  • Public Health and Surveillance
  • Health Indicators & Needs Assessment in Practice
  • Security
  • Malnutrition
  • Sphere Minimum Standards for Camp Management
  • WASH & Camp Design
  • Shelter & Settlement
  • Opportunities in Humanitarian Medicine
  • Tropical Disease Summary & Communicable Disease
  • Non-Communicable Disease
  • Infections Disease Response
  • Neglected Tropical Disease
  • Chemical & Biological Weapons
  • Medical Triage in Humanitarian Settings
  • Women’s Health and Gender-Based Violence
  • Child Health
  • Psychological First Aid
  • Mental Health in Humanitarian Settings

What you need to know

This course is located in the centre of the Peak District National Park at the YHA Castleton Losehill Hall. The nearest coach stop and railway station is Buxton which is less than 4 miles away. You can enrol for the course from 0800 on the first day and we finish at 1600 on the final day.

If travelling from outside the UK we strongly recommend taking out adequate travel and health insurance for your trip.

During the course you will take part in activities outdoors, we recommend as a minimum your bring:

  • Waterproof shell jacket and trousers (gore-tex or similar)
  • Fleece layers
  • Insulated jacket (synthetic recommended)
  • Sturdy waterproof outdoor footwear
  • Beanie hat
  • Spare clothing in case you get wet
  • Warm gloves
  • 1L Water bottle
  • Small rucksack
  • Personal First Aid Kit
  • Toiletries

Feedback from previous courses

What went well on your Humanitarian course?

“Having an array of healthcare workers from different fields sharing their own experiences and tips on how to get started within this industry.”

“The spirit of the board, the composition of the participants, the choice of topics, the authenticity of the presenters, the will to inspire and at the same time the attempt to point out the classic flaws in the setting.”

“Very engaging lecturers, covered broad range of topics, great to have principles related to field experience and anecdotes.”

What was the single most valuable thing you learnt from your Humanitarian course?

“Humanitarian medicine is difficult, demanding and beautiful at the same time. I think it gave a realistic idea of what to expect.”

“That everyone feels out of their depth, don’t let that stop you from helping where it’s needed.”

“The various opportunities within the humanitarian field and where to start. Panel discussion was most useful for this.”

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