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This event is approved by the Office for Continuing Professional Development. The Office for CPD, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Education (CACME)

Accreditation Details

This program meets the accreditation criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada for MAINPRO-M1 credits. Members of the American Academy of Family Physicians are eligible to receive credit hours for attendance at this meeting due to a reciprocal agreement with the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

This event is an accredited group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Through an agreement between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert Royal College MOC credits to AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Information on the process to convert Royal College MOC credit to AMA credit can be found at

Each physician should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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This activity has been approved by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners QI&CPD Program.

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Developed in partnership by Humanitarian U, mdBriefCase Group Inc., and McGill University, we are pleased to offer the online Humanitarian Healthcare Provider Program.

The complexity and scale of contemporary humanitarian crises and natural disasters have resulted in an urgent need for trained responders. Our Humanitarian Healthcare Provider Program helps to address this problem. This complete, evidence-based and up-to-date online program presents the globally recognized best practices and standards in humanitarian healthcare. It will give you the requisite competencies you need to work in this field.

Healthcare providers have their own skill sets unique to their respective practice. However, these are not enough. Working in a dynamic humanitarian environment necessitates an entirely different set of competencies. These globally recognized competencies are what are offered in our Humanitarian Healthcare Provider Program.

Being prepared rather than learning as you go in the field, can significantly impact on your own safety and your ability to positively impact the lives of those affected by disaster and crisis. Our Humanitarian Healthcare Provider Program is highly valuable for all health providers who may work or who are working in global health and/or humanitarian operations.

Our Humanitarian Healthcare Provider Program equips humanitarian health workers to face challenges in the field with professionalism, competency and compassion. Our graduates are empowered to provide capable, efficient and confident support to communities in need – whether to help improve healthcare delivery, give back a certain quality of life, restore dignity or alleviate suffering.

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Th​e​ course content​ is intended to provide a broad overview of key priorities in public health emergency and disaster response. The specialized knowledge required to managing clinical cases of infectious disease and cases of malnutrition, reproductive​ health, mental health and child health far exceeds the information herewith presented. While this course does provide some clinical information it should not be considered as a medical textbook. Further information in regards to the clinical management, including recommended dosages of antibiotics, can be found in the medical references provided.

Hilarie Cranmer, MD, MPH
Center for Global Health, Massachusetts General Hospital
Harvard Medical School
Harvard T.H.Chan School of Public Health

Amos Hercz, MD, FRCP(C)
McGill University

Alison Doucet, MD
McGill University

Stephane Borreman, MD, CCFP(EM)
McGill University

John Axler, MD, CCFP
University of Toronto

Francesca Luconi, PhD
McGill University

Damian Flanagan, MBBS, MWell, DipRACOG

Barry Pakes, MD, MPH, PhD
Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Public Health and Preventive Medicine and Postgraduate Medical Education, University of Toronto

Claudia Rochefort, MD
Division of Infectious Diseases and Department of Medical Microbiology, Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre

Frederick “Skip” M. Burkle, Jr., MD, MPH, DTM, FAAP, FACEP
University of Manchester, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Harvard University

Gregg Greenough, MD, MPH
Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Indi Trehan, MD, MPH, DTM&H
School of Medicine, St. Louis Institute for Public Health, Washington University

Kirsten Johnson, MD, MPH
Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine, McGill University

Laurie Mazurik, MD, FRCPC
Staff Emergency Medicine Physician, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Leighanne Parkes, MD
Division of Infectious Diseases and Department of Medical Microbiology, Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre

Lynn Black, MD, MPH
Physician Director, Network Development and Integration, Attending Physician, Department of Medicine Massachusetts General Hospital

Matthew P. Cheng, MDCM, FRCPC
Division of Infectious Diseases and Department of Medical Microbiology, Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre

Miriam Aschkenasy, MD, MPH
Center for Global Health, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Payal Modi, MSc, MD
University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Harvard University

Pooja Agrawal, MD, MPH
Emergency Medicine, Yale School of Medicine

Trina Helderman, MD, MPH
Senior Health and Nutrition Advisor at Medair

Valerie Rzepka, NP, BScN, MSc
Canadian Health Care Agency, Holland America Line, kid-E-care, Canadian Medical Assistance Teams

Will Plowright, PhD (candidate)
University of British Columbia

Course 1 – Humanitarian Framework

Course 2 – Public Health in Emergencies

Course 3 – Clinical Cases in Emergencies

Course 4 – Disaster Management in Emergencies

Course 5 – Humanitarian Emergency Management

Course 1 – Humanitarian Framework

Course 1 sets the scene for humanitarian action, providing a portrait of the contemporary humanitarian environment while highlighting the complexity and diversity of humanitarian contexts and response. Course 1 explores the Humanitarian Context, Humanitarian System, Humanitarian Actors and Humanitarian Principles and Standards as well as International Humanitarian Law. The first course also addresses cross-cutting issues, the contemporary refugee crisis, and trends that are affecting the way emergency response is defined.


  • Context
  • Principles
  • System & Actors
  • Refugees & IDPs
  • International Law
  • Standards
  • Ethics
  • Cross-Cutting Themes

Course 2 – Public Health in Emergencies

Course 2 addresses coordination in humanitarian assistance and the different coordination mechanisms that exist. It explores current humanitarian response through a public health lens. It provides information on rapid assessment, sampling methods and disease surveillance mechanisms. Finally, this course presents the minimum indicators for each of the technical sectors: water supply, sanitation and hygiene promotion (WASH), food security and nutrition, shelter, settlement and non-food items (NFIs) and health.


  • The International Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance
  • Humanitarian Emergencies through a Public Health Lens
  • Rapid Health Assessment
  • Sampling Methods
  • Surveillance
  • Indicators

Course 3 – Clinical Cases in Emergencies

Course 3 connects the broader aspects of humanitarian strategic planning with the clinical competencies concerning relevant pathologies and disease processes including diarrheal disease, malaria, measles, viral haemorrhagic fevers and other important infections such as HIV and tuberculosis. This course also addresses malnutrition, child health, mental health and sexual and reproductive health.


  • Cholera
  • Malaria
  • Measles & Epidemics
  • Malnutrition & Feeding Centres
  • Lethal Situation Management
  • 10 Key Deliverables of Medical Coordinators

Course 4 – Disaster Management in Emergencies

Course 4 provides a glimpse into the management of disaster response both at the domestic and international levels. It provides a conceptual framework and portrait of current standards in disaster management, including management cycle, hazards, risk and vulnerability mapping, mitigation measures, and more. It also provides insight into information management systems and early recovery mechanisms.


  • Triage
  • Immunization Campaign
  • Gender-Based Violence and Mental Health
  • Field Hospital
  • Inter-Agency Coordination
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Community Recovery
  • Patient Information Recording Processes
  • Transport
  • Decontamination
  • Field Hospital

Course 5 – Humanitarian Emergency Management

Course 5 provides students with the tools to be a professional and effective humanitarian worker able to face the challenges of field-work in demanding and dynamic environments. It touches on subjects such as pre-departure preparation, stress management, self-care, leadership and diplomacy. It also teaches how to operate safely in a context where humanitarians can be at risk. Finally, it provides tools and resources to build a career pathway into the field of humanitarian response


  • Pre-Departure Preparation
  • Safety & Security in the Field
  • Media Management
  • Stress Management
  • Diplomacy
  • Career Development
  • Tools & Resources
  • Leadership
  • Management