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The opportunity now exists for EPECARE to educate and train the next generation of humanitarian responders in global health and disaster response. Through didactic presentations and practical skill sessions offered by in-house and guest lecturers who are subject matter experts in their topic areas, participants will gain familiarity with best practices and recognized standards in the fields of global health and international emergency/disaster response.

Training consists of two distinct modules. Module I will provide participants with an entry-level understanding of the international response environment, as well as practical issues that will arise in the field, preparing them to safely deploy as part of an international humanitarian or disaster response team.


The Module I Course includes such topics as:


  • International Response – United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination Systems
  • WHO and Cluster Coordination System
  • International Deployments and Foreign Travel Considerations
  • Packing and Preparing for Deployment
  • Personal Safety and Security during Deployment
  • Safety and Security Site Assessments
  • Health Concerns regarding Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH)
  • Cultural Competencies during International Response
  • Crew Resource Management
  • Psychological First Aid


Module II will provide those intending to deploy as part of humanitarian/disaster response medical teams with enhanced training surrounding common patterns of injury seen during international response, as well as international medical resources and treatment decision-making in a resource-limited environment. In addition to didactic lectures, emphasis will be placed on hands-on skills sessions and patient assessment scenarios.

The Module II Course includes such topics as:

  • Introduction to International Medical Standards (MSF, SPHERE Project)
  • Standard Curriculum for Basic First Aid (CPR, Care for Choking Patient, etc.)
  • Critical Resources and International Response Considerations
  • Medical Planning, Intelligence, and Communications
  • Field Triage and Patient Assessment
  • Patient Packaging, Moving, Lifting, and Transport
  • Medical Management of Trauma and Burn Patients
  • Communicable & Infectious Diseases
  • Splinting and Immobilization
  • Hemorrhage Control
  • Maternal-Child Health
  • Environmental Emergencies



Both training modules are centered on EPECARE’s core belief that humanitarian response should be founded upon a community-specific needs assessment, and that any interventions or response efforts should be made in conjunction with local leadership’s approval and the identified needs of community members.