This course empowers participants to effectively engage with global response efforts through knowledge and application of life-saving and dignity-upholding measures as outlined in the internationally-used Sphere Handbook: Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response. Interactive sessions contextualize universal standards, actions, and indicators in four core life-saving areas: health, food security and nutrition, shelter and settlement, and WASH.
At the completion of the Professional Qualification Course in SPHERE Disaster Response and Preparedness, learners will be able to:
The Professional Qualification Course in SPHERE Disaster Response and Preparedness has two sections: online and in-classroom. Following is the general schedule.
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Online Virtual Sessions:
May 6th 6pm – 8pm
May 8th 6pm – 8pm
May 13th 6pm – 8pm
May 15th 6pm – 8pm
May 20th 6pm – 8pm
May 22nd 6pm – 8pm
May 27th 6pm – 8pm
*In-Classroom Session schedule is subject to change
Enrollment in the Professional Qualification Course in SPHERE Disaster Response and Preparedness is open to all who are interested. This program will greatly benefit humanitarian relief workers, medical professionals, and social workers.
The following are the minimum computing requirements for participating in this course. Learners must have ready access to and be functionally proficient with:
- A personal computer with an up-to-date operating system and ample memory for downloads
- A web browser, preferably the most up-to-date version of Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Safari
- Applications capable of opening Microsoft Word documents and of viewing PDFs
- An Internet connection, preferably high speed
- Capability of viewing YouTube and Vimeo videos
This course will equip learners to text.
Learners will achieve the competency objectives through the following education methods:
- Interactive online learning techniques
- Interactive live presentations
- Skill stations for increasing technical proficiency
- Case studies for developing clinical judgment
Evaluation Methods & Requirements For Successful Completion
This course is graded pass/fail. Successful pass requires:
- Virtual classroom participation
- Satisfactory or higher demonstration of all required skills
- Complete course evaluation at the course conclusion.
Continuing Medical Education (CME) for the Professional Qualification Course in SPHERE Disaster Response and Preparedness is attained through satisfactory completion of the course requirements. Note: CME is not applicable to students or resident physicians.
There is no additional charge for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit.
Institute for International Medicine is accredited by the Missouri State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Institute for International Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of # AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Other Healthcare Professionals
A certificate of completion indicating the number of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ will be issued for completing this course. Certificates may be submitted to applicable state boards for recognition.
No persons in control of the content of this course have relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies.
Participants who successfully complete the course of study and who pass the final examinations will receive the Professional Qualification in SPHERE Disaster Response and Preparedness. Verification of the educational experience will be provided to any learner’s affiliated school or residency program. Those who do not pass the final examinations will receive a certificate of attendance.
The tuition for the Professional Qualification Course in SPHERE Disaster Response and Preparedness is $590 per participant. There is no additional charge for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit.
Participants will receive access to seven virtual class sessions and two days of supervised hands-on skills development, and upon satisfactory participation and skill demonstration, the Professional Qualification in SPHERE Disaster Response and Preparedness. Please note that accommodations and meals are not included.
For more information, view the Cost page.
Presently, this course is only being offered in Kansas City, Missouri.
This course is offered in connection with the Humanitarian Health Conference. Please visit the conference website for event accommodation information.
The In-Classroom Section in Kansas City, MO, will be held at Graceway.
Street Address: 5460 Blue Ridge Cutoff, Raytown, MO 64133
If you are traveling from the Kansas City International Airport, your starting address is: 1 International Square, Kansas City, MO 64153
Sarah Pruitt, PHD, DO, MCS
Greg Seager, RN, MSN
Kelly Frazier, MD