Free online course on Global Health and Humanitarianism (MOOC)

Our massive open online course (MOOC) discusses the question 'is humanitarianism an effective, justifiable and sustainable response to ill-health, inequality, injustice and war?'

The Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI)'s work and teaching has an impact at a global level and the provision of the Global Health and Humanitarianism MOOC is another example of this.

The course is offered free of charge to anyone and is available worldwide.

Through a mix of video, literature and peer-to-peer discussion, students go through a programme of education that covers the role and practice of humanitarianism in the modern world, and discusses the relevance, effectiveness and justification for integrated, collaborative humanitarian interventions in a world containing so much inequality.

The course discusses the vague (yet highly contested) concept of a global health agenda, the motivation and practice of crisis response by the world's wealthier countries and whether humanitarian assistance should be considered a right.

The course structure and contents are designed to challenge students to think beyond the operational and resource aspects of humanitarian support, and consider the greater context in which it is undertaken.


  • Understanding Global Health
  • Responding and Bearing Witness
  • The Right to Humanitarian Assistance and the Responsibility to Protect

To enrol on the course visit our page on Coursera.