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:

“The detailed descriptions of field camps, training sessions in complex and natural disasters were excellent. They were all clear and useful.”


“Involvement of very competent and experienced instructors.”


“This course was excellent. I learned a great deal about military involvement in disaster situations that I was very unfamiliar with.”


“Diverse array of faculty experiences., real-time application to current disasters in discussion forum (eg., Tonga, Ukraine).”


“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.