8 May 2023

Shelter and Settlements in Disasters

Learn how to plan and coordinate shelter needs assessments; and develop strategies and implement plans together with shelter mandated international and national organisations in both natural disasters and conflicts.

Current humanitarian shelter and settlements standards, principles and approaches are the basis of this course. The common phases of the emergency cycle are embraced: emergency shelter, transition shelter, early recovery and reconstruction.

The course covers different shelter and settlements challenges in accordance with local needs and builds on local resources as part of building-back-better strategies.

During the course, you will be equipped to effectively respond to humanitarian shelter and settlements crises. We focus on linking emergency shelter and shelter in recovery in both natural disasters and conflicts. You will be taught common humanitarian assistance methods, guidelines and standards based on a rights-based approach as led by the international humanitarian organisations.

The course consists of 4 weeks of part-time online learning followed by 2 weeks of full-time studies at University of Copenhagen, Denmark and one week of part-time online work to finish a written assignment.



























Peter FuruAssociate Professor, Global Health Section, Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen.

Gert Lüdeking, Architect MAA, Guest Lecturer, Global Health Section, Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen. Former Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) Humanitarian Affairs Office in Geneva.















Course details

Duration: 7 weeks 
Dates: 8 May - 2 June 2023 (online)
5 - 16  June 2023 (on campus)
19 - 23  June 2023 (online exam)
Frequency: Once every year if there are sufficient number of registered participants
Place: University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Course fee: EU/EEA citizens
Master student: 12,000 DKK
Single course student: 12,500 DKK

Non-EU/EEA citizens
Master student: 17,500 DKK
Single course student: 18,000 DKK

Terms and conditions
Level and credit: Master's course; 5 ECTS
Examination date: See exam dates
Application deadline: 6 March 2023
Admission: To be admitted, you must meet the admission criteria for Master of Disaster Management

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