Improving health and reducing inequities worldwide


Trainee Information

Using an experiential, hands-on approach, the CHE program will increase health care and public health professionals’ knowledge of basic principles and skills essential to complex humanitarian emergency work. The program will also enhance participants’ awareness of their leadership styles and potential, and how they can mobilize these to best provide leadership as first responders during local and global humanitarian emergencies. The experiential curriculum’s overall goal is to impart team building, leadership and complex emergency-specific skills to those in global and public health training programs.

Registration is open! Please register by March 30th to ensure your spot. Thank you for your interest!

Through experiential education, the following skills will be developed:

  • Leadership skills, including team building, for crisis situations
  • Assessment skills including mortality, disease and malnutrition rate assessments
  • Design of an implementation plan, a monitoring plan, a budget and a transition/exit strategy
  • Basic emergency medical care/triage in resource-scarce settings
  • Public health interventions in crisis situations including water, food, and sanitation plans based on the SPHERE standards
  • Presenting to and interacting with the media
  • Ensuring personal safety and navigating security situations
  • Understanding of the Geneva Convention

Training Objectives


Specifically, each participant will be able to:

  • Identify their areas of strength as leaders, and areas of potential growth.
  • Describe two styles of leadership. Describe one style that you naturally take on.
  • Give one example of how you work effectively in a team. Give one example of where you could improve your effectiveness in the future.

Other Skills

  • Explain the basic principles of assessment surveys, when they are useful, and the limitations of them. Demonstrate the ability to outline a simple assessment strategy for a given situation.
  • List two important considerations for an injured person who is bleeding in a wilderness area. List two important considerations for a person with a head injury leading to unconsciousness in a wilderness area. Demonstrate one physical technique for controlling risks when trying to transport a person in each of these situations.
  • Calculate the total amount of water needed for a population of a specific size. Calculate the total amount of food/calories needed for the same population. List three priorities for sanitation in a complex emergency situation. Explain the advantages and disadvantages of at least two strategies for each priority.
  • Present to the media on a subject of importance to you in two minutes. List three strategies to effectively communicate your ideas to the television media.
  • List two concepts important for maintaining personal safety in a complex emergency.
  • List two basic rights afforded by the Geneva Convention.