The Humanitarian Crisis Simulation is an immersive learning experience where participants play the role of humanitarian aid workers in a simulated international humanitarian crisis. Participants learn the foundations of humanitarian response, and apply concepts in the simulation through active teamwork, intense interaction with role-players, and on-the-spot decision-making.

This 48-hour learning experience is relevant to professionals and graduate students of all backgrounds, and aims to prepare learners to work in a humanitarian crisis; assess their personal career alignment with humanitarian aid work; and to develop a greater understanding of the refugee experience.


This course takes place in an outdoor setting and will be conducted through inclement weather. Students should come prepared to be outdoors for most or all of the simulation. All learners are required to stay overnight for both nights, and remain at camp through the full duration of the simulation. Meals and accommodation are included in your registration.

Participants sleep overnight in unheated cabin without electricity or running water with up to twelve people. Cots are provided, but participants provide their own bedding.

Basic meals (from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch) are provided. Meals are intended to represent a realistic crisis situation and include MREs and grab-and-go options. Vegetarian, vegan options, gluten free options will be available, but we are unable to accommodate complex special meal requests. You are welcome to bring food if you have special dietary concerns.

The simulation grounds and environment will be constructed to simulate a realistic crisis situation. Learners have limited access to electricity, cell phones, and running water. There is no access to shower facilities.

Transportation to the simulation site must be arranged by the student. Camp is approximately 45 minutes from both the University of Minnesota Minneapolis campus and the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport. We will help facilitate making connections for carpooling.

What to Bring
A full packing list will be provided upon registration, and includes items such as sleeping bag, flashlight, water bottle, camp chair, layered clothing for varying weather conditions (e.g., rain/snow, sunshine/cloudy, warm/cold).

Disability Accommodation
Contact globalhc@umn.edu regarding requests for disability accommodation

More Details

Full details about the simulation are available on our website


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Section Title
Humanitarian Crisis Simulation
May 15, 2020 to May 17, 2020
Course Fee(s)
Drop Request Deadline
Apr 14, 2020
Transfer Request Deadline
Apr 14, 2020
Section Details

Schedule:  Prior to Simulation weekend, all learners will be required to complete course readings and approximately six hours of online lectures. Check-in begins on Friday, May 15 at 3:30 pm. Simulation will conclude on Sunday, May 17 at 4:00 pm. (Students registering for PubH 6719 have additional time obligations.) Full details at: https://globalhealthcenter.umn.edu/HumSim

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