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Free Short Course on “Emergency Risk Communication in Disaster and Humanitarian Crisis”

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Free Short Course on “Emergency Risk Communication in Disaster and Humanitarian Crisis”

The free short course “Emergency Risk Communication in Disaster and Humanitarian Crisis” (29 April – 1 June 2019, classes are on Monday evenings & Saturday mornings) organised by Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care (JCSPHPC), and Collaborating Centre for Oxford University and CUHK for Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response (CCOUC) of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and the Hong Kong Jockey Club Disaster Preparedness and Response Institute (HKJCDPRI).


This is the 2019 running of the same course held in 2017. Details of the course run in 2017 can be seen here.


In a crisis, every word counts. The need to communicate risks as accurate as possible in a timely manner arises as much from public expectation as professional need. Communication not only helps build resilience of the community but also prevents disease, disability and death, and restore dignity of the people facing disasters. This course offers theoretical and practical framework of effective advocacy and emergency risk communication in an evolving media landscape, and covers cases ranging from outbreaks to natural disasters in humanitarian settings.


The course is designed for Master for Public Health (MPH) students and occasional students. For occasional students, assessment scheme is not required. An attendance of 70% is required for issuance of a Certificate of Attendance.


After completing this course, students should be able to:

  • Understand the principles and issues of emergency risk communication in disaster and humanitarian settings
  • Demonstrate a strong awareness of various communication models in different phases of emergency management
  • Realize the challenges and opportunities to engage media in disaster programmes
  • Reflect on partnership and timely engagement with the public in crisis
  • Conceptualize and apply the knowledge to develop an effective communication strategy in disaster and humanitarian crisis

Specfic topics within the course:

  • Critical Function of Communication in Disaster and Humanitarian Crisis
  • Psychology of People Facing Disaster
  • Communication and Crisis Development
  • Communication and Warning
  • Messages, Audience and Spokesperson
  • Stakeholder and Partner Communication
  • Emergency Risk Communication in New Media Landscape

What are the criteria for application?

  • ​Holder of a bachelor degree
  • Competent in English (the course will be taught in English with interactive discussion throughout the lectures)

How to enroll?

Please click this link for online application as occasional students.

Deadline for application: 8 April 2019 (Mon)

*Places are limited and on first-come-first-served basis

When will I be notified of the application result?

15 April, 2019 (Mon) (both successful and non-successful applicants will receive notice)


For further enquiries, please contact Dr Tony Yung (Email: [email protected]; Tel: 2252 8468).For more details, please see the course outline on the right or go onto the course website here.

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