This executive course is a full time training, given by academic staff and humanitarian practitioners, which focuses on Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) in humanitarian crises, using specific methods and tools. This course is delivered in partnership with the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

The overall objective of the course is to allow mid-level or senior managers to develop an understanding of sexual and reproductive health issues in emergencies and to provide them with skills to coordinate the implementation of a minimum set of sexual and reproductive health interventions at the onset of an emergency and as an integral part of health assistance programmes.

A printable “course-at-a-glance” document is available here.

Objectives of the course

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

  • Advocate for sexual and reproductive health in emergencies
  • Describe how an emergency situation, caused by for example conflict or disaster, affects reproductive health needs
  • Apply core concepts and techniques provided in the Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) for SRH in Crises
  • Apply coordination skills for the implementation of the MISP
  • Draw implications for addressing SRH for communities in crisis in their own country context.



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

  • Overview and coordination of SRH in crisis
  • Communication and advocacy
  • Gender-based violence
  • Coordinating maternal and newborn health
  • Family planning
  • HIV prevention and programming
  • Coordinating abortion care
  • Logistics, monitoring and evaluation
  • Professionals in the health sector in humanitarian or development contexts looking to develop their competencies in sexual and reproductive health.
  • Professionals from other sectors such as logistics and management who wish to increase their understanding of how to coordinate sexual and reproductive health programmes.
  • 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)
  • Scanned copy of passport
  • A passport photo (.jpg format).


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



  • Sexual and Reproductive Health in Humanitarian CrisesDates 14 - 18 June, 2021
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health in Humanitarian CrisesDuration One week
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health in Humanitarian CrisesLocation Geneva
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health in Humanitarian CrisesLanguage English
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health in Humanitarian CrisesCREDITS 2 ECTS
  • Fee CHF 1'500
  • Application Deadline 2 weeks before the start of the course. For candidates who need a VISA: 6 weeks before the start of the course.