This executive short course focuses on the particular challenges presented by noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in humanitarian settings, as well as the design of adapted and effective projects to address NCDs. Learning from international experts and diverse peers, this course equips participants with the fundamental knowledge and skills on NCD programme management in humanitarian settings.

The course is delivered in partnership with the Centre for Global Chronic Conditions at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

Find out more in this printable “Course-at-a-glance” document.

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.

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