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Conflict and health


This module is for students with an interest in humanitarian interventions and health who wish to gain a better understanding of the broader effects of conflict.

This module surveys key theories, frameworks and tools that facilitates an understanding of the core principles underpinning origins, effects, and public health responses used in conflict- and crisis-affected settings, and among conflict- and crisis-affected populations.

Topics covered

Main topics of the module include:

  • Provide a theoretical overview of the nature and origins of crises (including conflict) and the effect of crises on health and health systems
  • Describe humanitarianism, humanitarian principles, aid, and ethics
  • Cover practical approaches and issues in assessment, priority setting, health interventions, and quality assurance in conflict-affected settings
  • Discuss approaches to reconstruction including complexities of the linkages between emergency relief and longer-term development, health system strengthening, health financing, and overarching policy themes.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you will be expected to be able to:

  • Describe the causes of crises and the effect of crises on health
  • Critically assess institutional actors, approaches, and policy debates of the international humanitarian system
  • Formulate plans for context-specific interventions for acute and chronic healthcare delivery and security
  • Demonstrate an ability to assess key issues in the transition from relief to rehabilitation, health systems strengthening, and post-conflict recovery.


15 [150 hours]


2hour and 15minutes unseen written examination (70%) and an assessed assignment (30%).

If you fail the module, you are allowed one further attempt at the failed element (examination and/ or assignment).

For full information regarding this module please see the module specification.