Required for students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance Program. This course will examine the central role and importance of food and nutrition in complex emergencies. The implications of this for nutrition assessment, policy development, program design and implementation will be examined. This will provide an understanding of; the nutritional outcomes of emergencies (malnutrition, morbidity and mortality); and also the causes of malnutrition and mortality in emergencies (the process and dynamics of an emergency).
Please join us on Monday, June 11th from 12-1:30 PM, for a viewing of HBO's documentary series The Weight of the Nation. We will view in M&V's Conference Room 2 this Monday, which features our own, Dr. Christina Economos.
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7 Billion Strong: Approaches to Feeding a Hungry World
Future of Food and Nutrition, A Multidisciplinary Graduate Research Conference
Plan to attend the 6th Annual Student Research Conference, open to all graduate students. The conference attracts 200 students from diverse academic disciplines, each with a connection to issues related to the health and nutrition of individuals, communities worldwide.
Hear oral presentations and poster sessions -- and meet future colleagues from universities across the region and country.
This course, run jointly with Harvard and MIT, offers a practical training in the complex issues and skills needed to engage in humanitarian work. Students will gain familiarity with the concepts and standards for humanitarian work and will focus on practical skills, such as rapid public health assessments, GIS mapping, and operational approaches to relations with the military in humanitarian settings. The course includes a separate three-day intensive field simulation (April 26-28) of a humanitarian crisis in late April.
This course (requiring advance reading and extensive participation in discussion) serves as a bridge between classes on nutrition in a developmental context and those focused on relief in complex emergencies. Manifestations of household and national vulnerability differ in these contexts, but only by a matter of degrees. Risks of individual nutrition failure are related to risks of household food security, which in turn relate to risks inherent in the physical, economic, cultural and political environment that is the backdrop to household behavior.
This course covers nutrition issues from preconception throughout life, with a particular emphasis on nutrition correlates of normal growth and development and on the consequences of under and over nutrition. It briefly considers the role of nutrition in the context of the normal physiologic changes that occur with aging.