This executive short course focuses on the particular challenges presented by non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in emergencies, as well as the design of adapted and effective projects to address non-communicable diseases. The course is delivered in partnership with the Centre for Global Chronic Conditions at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

Objectives of the course

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the concept of chronicity and identify the main non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
  • Identify and assess the burden of NCDs in a specific context.
  • Design a programme to address the needs of people with NCDs during a humanitarian emergency.



Around 50 hours of work for the whole course. Around 20-25 hours of work each week, including:
• Asynchronous self-study activities (such as case studies, videos, recorded slideshows, readings, etc.)
• Synchronous live sessions


Structure of the course

  • What are non-communicable chronic diseases (NCDs)?
  • What is the burden of NCDs in emergencies?
  • Assessing the needs and setting priorities
  • Models of care for NCDs
  • Designing evidence-based NCD programmes
  • Evaluation of NCD programmes
  • Professionals in the health sector looking to develop their competencies in NCD programme management in the humanitarian sector
  • Professionals in the development sector looking to develop their competencies in NCD programme management in the humanitarian sector
  • Graduate students with relevant volunteer or intern experience, looking to undertake a postgraduate course with a view to entering the humanitarian sector.
  • Prof Karl Blanchet Prof Karl Blanchet Designation: Director & Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva

Admission requirements:

  1. a university qualification (bachelor’s degree or equivalent);
  2. at least three years of relevant professional experience;
  3. excellent command of English;
  4. motivation working in the humanitarian sector.


Documents required:

  • CV (Résumé)
  • Copy of your highest diploma
  • Work certificate or official document of your current job position
  • Proof of English language competence (TOEIC/TOEFL/IELTS or equivalent); see details here
  • Scanned copy of passport


More information about the admission process is available on our application page.

  • Non-communicable Diseases in Humanitarian SettingsDates 22 May - 2 June 2023
  • Non-communicable Diseases in Humanitarian SettingsDuration 2 weeks
  • Non-communicable Diseases in Humanitarian SettingsLocation Online
  • Non-communicable Diseases in Humanitarian SettingsLanguage English
  • Non-communicable Diseases in Humanitarian SettingsCREDITS 2 ECTS
  • Fee CHF 1'700
  • Application Deadline 30 April 2023