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Free Short Course on "Disaster and Humanitarian Crisis"

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Free Short Course on "Disaster and Humanitarian Crisis"

The free short course “Disaster and Humanitarian Crisis” (20, 27-29 June, 2019) is organised by the 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).


Disaster and humanitarian responses are crucial elements in public health practices. Humanitarian relief actions often highlight the importance of mitigation, preparedness, training and multidisciplinary collaborative response within and beyond the health and medical sector. This course offers an overview of the disaster management cycle and the public health and medical implications of disaster and humanitarian crisis. It aims to show how public health principles may be applied in disaster relief and how evidence-based health related humanitarian actions can be planned, implemented and evaluated.


This is a rerun of the same course held in 2018. Please check out the attached course outline for the detailed lecture date and content.


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:

  1. understand and identify key health and medical implications in humanitarian settings;
  2. apply public health principles in disaster response and humanitarian settings;
  3. gain an overview of the disaster management cycle and its respective planning in humanitarian settings;
  4. devise disaster risk reduction strategies for disaster management programs to respond to population needs in disaster and humanitarian relief settings.

Specific topics within the course:

  1. Public Health and Humanitarian Principles in disaster settings
  2. Mitigation and Preparedness: Management of Natural hazards
  3. Mitigation and Preparedness: Management of Man-made hazards
  4. Mitigation and Preparedness: Management of Complex emergencies
  5. Preparedness, Resilience and International Policies in Disaster Settings

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?

Click here for application

Deadline for application: 1 June 2019

Both successful and non-successful applicants will receive notice by email on the 6 June 2019

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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