This executive short course is a full-time training, which focuses on the particular challenges presented by non-communicable diseases 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, including:

  • Approximately 20 hours of face-to-face teaching (lectures, group work, etc.)
  • Approximately 30 hours of self-study time


Structure of the course

  • What are non-communicable chronic diseases (NCDs)?
  • What is a burden of NCDs in emergencies?
  • Assessing the needs and setting priorities
  • Models of care for NCDs
  • Designing an 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
  • Scanned copy of passport


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

As a Centre which prides itself on being agile, it is with pleasure that we can announce that all our upcoming short courses in 2021 will be available to online and residential students. We are adapting not only to the current global challenges linked to COVID19, but also to the increasing aim to make our courses as inclusive as possible by making more available online.
  • participants can choose either a residential or online option
  • participants inside Europe can choose residential, but they have to follow the sanitary restrictions when they travel to Switzerland (PCR test or quarantine)
  • participants outside of Europe need to choose online (no visas are available at the moment)
  • Participants should expect approximately four hours of live sessions per day – they will be scheduled between 9am – 4pm Geneva time (the exact schedule will be communicated 10 days before the course)
  • All live lecture sessions will bring online and residential participants together (both groups combined)
  • Break out groups online (for online students)
  • Break out groups face to face (for residential students)
  • Other material (videos, readings etc.) available online
  • Non-communicable Diseases in Humanitarian SettingsDates 5 - 16 September 2022
  • 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 1'500
  • Application Deadline 14 August 2022
  • If applying for a scholarship Deadline: N/A