Health Emergencies in Large Populations (HELP) Winter Institute 2019



Start Date


End Date


Time Commitment

Full time (30+ hrs/wk)


Short-Term (few weeks/months)


Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
615 N, Wolfe Street, Room E8646
United States




The Health Emergencies in Large Populations (HELP) course is offered by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in joint collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. For more than 20 years, the HELP course has offered humanitarian workers an intensive training experience in public health principles and disaster epidemiology.

GOAL: To create an understanding the of the public health needs of populations in disaster and conflict situations. This includes the background, underlying causes, and the dynamics that cause populations to be vulnerable in emergencies. The aim of the HELP course is to equip participants with the basic skills and competencies to enable them to respond to the public health needs of populations in emergency situations. 


At the completion of this course, students will be able to:

·      Select methods for assessing specific emergency situations in the field

·      Develop and implement a general or a specific health program to assist a displaced population

·      Foresee that immediate assistance projects might need to be extended into long-term development programs

·      Develop a common approach to providing services among humanitarian organizations

·      Monitor the adequacy of the service being provided to an affected population

·      Assess the ethical implications of all possible plans of action during an emergency 

·      Apply the principles of International Humanitarian Law when providing services in conflict situations

Fee Required


  • Training Provided


  • International Volunteers

How To Apply

Winter Institute: January 2 - 12, 2019

If you are a Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health or School of Nursing degree seeking student, please register through SIS as you normally would for a regular term. If you are not a Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health or School of Nursing degree seeking student, please complete an application and email it with your CV to the HELP Course Coordination Team. The application can be accessed here.

Your CV and application must be received by the applicable deadline in order to guarantee your place in the course. Applications will be received until all available seats have been filled. Students who apply after this time will be placed on a waiting list.

Tuition and Fees 

Tuition for the 2018-2019 Winter Institue is $1128 per credit for academic credit | Non-Credit Tuition Rate: $545.50 per credit; $2,000 total

The deadline for application is November 25, 2018. All applicants who register after this date will be charged a $100 late registration fee.

Special students and non-credit students must pay in full at the time of registration. Statements for Winter Institute tuition for newly admitted MPH and continuing students will be posted electronically and available to view in SIS in mid- January 2019.

Payment for Winter Institute courses is due in January 2019. Financial assistance is not available for the 2019 Winter Institute. Full-time students in JHSPH academic degree programs must pay for enrollments in Institute courses separately, and in addition to their full-time tuition. Tuition rates are displayed on the JHSPH tuition and fees page; full-time students enrolling in 11 or fewer credits will pay per credit; students enrolling in 12 or more credits will pay a flat rate.