General information

Subject type: Optional

Coordinator: Carolina Chabrera Sanz

Trimester: First term

Credits: 5

Teaching staff: 

Xavier Bartrolí Pascual
Gemma Garreta Parés 
Núria Salse Ubach 

Teaching languages

  • Catalan
  • Spanish

Possibility of presenting a video in English.


Basic skills
  • CB5_That students have developed those learning skills necessary to undertake further studies with a high degree of autonomy.

  • CB1_That students have demonstrated knowledge and understanding of an area of ​​study that is based on general education, and is usually found at a level that, while supported by advanced textbooks. Also includes some aspects that involve knowledge from the forefront of their field of study

  • CB3_That students have the ability to gather or interpret relevant data (usually within their area of ​​study), to make judgments that include reflection on relevant social, scientific or ethical issues

Specific skills
  • CE16_Ability to describe the fundamentals of the primary level of health and the activities to be developed to provide comprehensive nursing care to the individual, family and community. Understand the role and activities and cooperative attitude that the professional must develop in a Primary Health Care team. Promote the participation of individuals, families and groups in their health-illness process. Identify and analyze the influence of internal and external factors on the level of health of individuals and groups. Apply the necessary methods and procedures in their field to identify the most relevant health problems in a community. Analyze statistical data related to population studies, identifying possible causes of problems and health. Educate, facilitate and support the health and well-being of members of the community whose lives are affected by health problems, risk, suffering, illness, disability or death.

General competencies
  • CG4_Understand the interactive behavior of the person according to gender, group or community, within their social and multicultural context

  • CG5_Design care systems aimed at individuals, families or groups, evaluating their impact and establishing the appropriate modifications

  • CG6_Basing nursing interventions on scientific evidence and available media

  • CG7_Understand without prejudice to people, considering their physical, psychological and social aspects, as autonomous and independent individuals, ensuring respect for their opinions, beliefs and values, guaranteeing the right to privacy, through confidentiality and professional secrecy


Health is a basic pillar of human development both individually and collectively and it is in developing countries where this becomes even more evident. In order to strengthen this pillar and respond to health needs in these countries it is necessary to understand what are the main health problems they have to deal with and know different strategies to respond to them, especially in those most critical circumstances such as natural disasters, epidemics and mass population displacements.

In addition, globalization and migratory movements favor the appearance and / or spread in our environment of diseases that we considered extinct or that had never existed in our environment or, as we have recently observed with COVID19, the appearance of new diseases that spread to pandemics.

For all this, this subject proposes an introduction to the world of International Cooperation and in particular to Humanitarian Action in order to learn about different strategies to respond to different health problems in the humanitarian field: acute malnutrition, epidemics (Cholera, Ebola , measles Malaria, COVID19) and non-communicable diseases among others; and a presentation of the main tropical diseases to which expatriate personnel on the ground are exposed and the imported tropical diseases present in our territory.

Learning outcomes

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

- Identify the main elements of International Cooperation and in particular of Humanitarian Action

- Describe the main health problems present in humanitarian crises and the answer to these problems

- List the stages of project cycle management and detail the essential elements of each of them

- Explain the role of nursing in a humanitarian response

- Recognize the main tropical diseases present in the field and the prevention measures for each of them and the imported tropical diseases present in our territory.

Working methodology

Teaching methodologies:

MD 1: Explanatory class sessions

MD 3: Group work

MD 4: Individual work

MD 11: Self-employment


Unit 1: International Cooperation (1 session, 2h)

Presentation of the subject

Globalization and Evolution of International Cooperation

Critical analysis of Development Cooperation

Differences between Development Cooperation vs. Humanitarian Action


Unit 2: Introduction to Humanitarian Action and the main health problems in humanitarian crises (1 session, 2h)

-What is Humanitarian Action?

- Main health problems in humanitarian crises and needs assessment in a humanitarian crisis


Unit 3: Most frequent epidemics in the humanitarian field and approach to them (5 sessions, 10h)

-Introduction to Epidemiology in Emergencies and indicators to measure the health status of a population.

- Main epidemics present in humanitarian crises (Cholera, Ebola, Malaria, Measles, COVID19)

- Main elements in the response to epidemics in humanitarian crises


Unit 4: Addressing Noncommunicable Diseases and Sexual and Reproductive Health in Humanitarian Crises (1 session, 2h)

- Basic clinic, clinical response, operational response to non-communicable diseases and sexual and reproductive health


Unit 5: Natural disasters and massive influx of patients (1 session, 2h)

  • Types of health intervention in different scenarios: earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, tsunamis ... and contingency plans for the mass arrival of patients.


Unit 6:  Response in Health to conflict situations (1 session, 2h)

  • Surgery in conflict zones
  • Sexual Violence and Mental Health


Unit 7: Addressing acute malnutrition in humanitarian crises  (2 sessions, 4h)

-What is Acute malnutrition and its impact on the world.

-The different strategies for responding to acute malnutrition

- Main health problems in pediatrics: basic clinic, clinical response and operational response.


Unit 8:  Salut International  (1 session, 2h)

- Main pathologies to which expatriate personnel are exposed in the field and prevention measures

- Main imported pathologies present in Europe: Basic clinic, clinical response.


Unit 9:  Case study (2 sessions, 4h)

Completion, in groups, of a practical case in which students, in groups, will have to face a real context and define the activities to be carried out to respond to the present health problems.


Unit 10:  The role of nursing in the humanitarian field (1 session, 2h)

  • Nursing functions
  • Possible career opportunities

Individual work: 45 'youtube documentary viewing + individual reflection (x written)

Learning activities

Typology Activity



AF1. Master class



AF2. Face-to-face tutorials



AF5. Seminar / Case study



AF6. Group work



AF7. Individual work



AF9. Personal study



Evaluation system

Evaluation System



Assessed skills

Case Study (in group)

(Unit 9)


CE16, CG5

Individual work (Unit 11)


CG4, CG7

OL test


CE16, CG4, CG5, CG6, CG7





It is mandatory to pass the evaluation test of the case study and the OL Test with a minimum of 5 to be able to do the weighting with the other qualifications.

It uses the system of quantitative qualification (from 0 to 10) and qualitative (suspended, approved, remarkable, excellent, honorary registration) according to RD1125 / 2003

Recovery Period: During the recovery period the student will be able to take a written test. The grades of the continuous assessment will be maintained.

The total or partial copy in any of the learning activities will mean a "Not Presented" in the subject, without option to present in the proof of recovery and without prejudice of the opening of a file for this reason.