Due to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the University has, until further notice, moved to online delivery of courses via our Virtual Learning Platform.

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Course summary

Are you interested in learning how to deliver nutritional support services to people affected by humanitarian disasters? This intensive week-long training course gives an overview of current best practice in nutrition and food security in emergencies.

It will provide you with the knowledge and skills to improve your practice and help you prepare for the complexity and the reality of working in an emergency context. It is particularly suitable for people who wish to consolidate their knowledge and experience and who are keen to learn from and with others.

Who is this course for?

The course is aimed at staff of UN agencies, NGOs and national ministries of health in countries that are regularly affected by emergencies. Health workers, nutritionists, doctors, nurses as well as programme managers are encouraged to apply.

You do not need any formal academic qualifications for entry as we value experience. You will be taught by practitioners from a wide range of backgrounds including international NGOs, teaching and research institutes, all of whom have substantial expertise within the sector.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • identify different types of malnutrition including micronutrient deficiencies
  • draw on a conceptual framework for the causes of malnutrition
  • define food security and outline the most frequently used methods to measure it
  • understand the complexity and utility of anthropometric nutrition surveys
  • consider a range of interventions and be able to discuss their effectiveness, including infant and young child feeding, community management of acute malnutrition, inter-sectoral interventions, cash transfers and general ration distribution
  • discuss global trends on nutrition in emergencies and the global significance and impact of undernutrition

Course structure

The course aims to provide an overview of nutrition during humanitarian emergencies.

The topics studied will include:

  • a general review of the different types of malnutrition
  • their direct and underlying causes
  • measuring malnutrition at the population and individual levels
  • common nutritional interventions

Complementary issues addressed include:

  • food security
  • the Sphere guidelines
  • new guidelines for infant and young child feeding

The course content is based on the Harmonised Training Package of the Global Nutrition Cluster, the Lancet 2013 Nutrition series and Global Health and Nutrition policies agreed at the World Health Assembly in Geneva. Guest lecturers from the Nutrition Cluster, ACF, Save the Children and MSF will also present sessions during the week.


The participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance from the University of Westminster.

This course can now lead to 20 Level 7 credits if participants achieve a 50% rate in their two optional assessments.

    Our tutors

    Regina Keith is the Course Leader for the University of Westminster's Global Public Health Nutrition MSc. She is a health professional with over 30 years' experience in public health and nutrition. She holds an International Health MSc, specialising in global health and nutrition leadership, governance and policies, health policy and planning, strategic management, health financing and health systems strengthening. She has extensive experience in international development and emergencies in health, nutrition, HIV and social development. She has worked in 56 countries from the household and community levels through to leading the way in global policy dialogue and critical research. She is interested in qualitative research, especially in relation to identifying and addressing the demand side barriers to timely seeking of health and nutrition services. She has worked for the NHS, Save the Children UK, World Vision International, Results, VSO, Merlin, IRC, HPA and other NGOs. She has also worked with major donors like DFID, NORAID and the EU.

    Jose Luis, Technical Adviser at Action Against Hunger, is a Public Health Epidemiologist with a PhD in Humanitarian Medicine and International Health. He has worked for Action Against Hunger, Terre des Hommes and local NGOs monitoring and evaluating nutrition programmes in Mali, Benin, Philippines, Haiti and Pakistan. Prior to joining the humanitarian sector he worked as an assistant in Rey Juan Carlos University.


    If you have any questions about the course, please get in touch via the details at the bottom of this page.

    Start date

    Mode of Delivery

    Online virtual classroom

    Day and time

    Monday - Friday
    9.30am - 5pm


    5 days




    This course is taught at our Cavendish Campus in central London, within easy walking distance of Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road.

     Accessibility: Together with AccessAble, we have created online Disabled Access Guides for our buildings.