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D04-6:Global Health Challenge for Human Security


D04-6:Global Health Challenge for Human Security

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Course Information

(This course is developed and contributed by the academic and technical team of CCOUC at the Faculty of Medicine, the Chinese University of Hong Kong. The content of this online course is partially based on the teaching materials developed at CUHK and University of Oxford in the relevant subject areas)



1) The 6th cohort is now open for registration and study on a first-come-first-served basis. Upon registration, students are allowed to study the course until  31 October 2022 at their own pace. A certificate of completion will be issued for participants who have successfully completed the course.

About this course

Human security is an emerging paradigm in the global healthcare community that can be applied to guide local and global public health practices. It can also provide a basis to link up related themes under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Through various real-life case studies and practical applications, this course will provide participants with an understanding of how the human security and health security concepts are applied in public health practices, especially under emergencies and disasters. The challenges with putting the human security concept into operation will also be explored.

What you'll learn
  • A comprehensive overview on the concepts of human security and health security and their implications for global and local public health practices;
  • The relationship between human security and various global health infrastructure, policies and actions;
  • The dynamics of various aspects of human security and the public health needs in emergencies and disasters, including global infectious diseases.
Target Audience

The target audience is individuals studying or working in health, policy, education, research, and humanitarian sectors. Students may be healthcare professionals, civil servants, policy makers, frontline disaster relief practitioners and undergraduate or postgraduate students of related disciplines.


Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • Understand the fundamental principles, components, and framework of human security;
  • Apply the human security and health security concepts in analyzing various policies, agendas, and interventions relating to global health;
  • Assess the health security needs in various types of emergencies and disasters, such as WASH and health action;
  • Diagnose the underlying causes of global health threats such as emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases and climate change; and
  • Appreciate the strengths and challenges of a human security approach to health.
List of Lectures
  1. Introduction: The Concepts of Human Security
  2. What is Health Security
  3. Human Security and Emergencies
  4. Human Health Security and Disasters
  5. Global Infectious Disease
  6. Practical Application and Challenges of Implementing the Human Security Approach

Assessment in the course:

  • Short self-assessment quizzes to help students gauge their understanding of the course (quiz 1-4), and
  • A longer final quiz at the end of the course. All questions are randomly drawn from a question bank. There is no upper limit to the number of attempts for all quizzes.

Students achieving 60% or higher in the final quiz will be issued a certificate of completion.

Assessment Scheme


Passing Grade

Quiz 1

Quiz 2

Quiz 3

Quiz 4

Final Quiz

4 MCQs administered after Lesson 2

4 MCQs administered after Lesson 3

4 MCQs administered after Lesson 4

4 MCQs administered after Lesson 5

15 MCQs administered after Lesson 6

75% or more

75% or more

75% or more

75% or more

60% or more

Effective Date 
26 Jul 2021

6 Lectures
Recommended Effort 
1-2 hours of self-study per lecture
Public Health
Training certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of this course.
CME/CPD accreditation is available for this course.
This is a free course.

Professor Emily YY CHAN

Associate Director (External Affairs & Collaboration), JC School of Public Health & Primary Care, CUHK
Assistant Dean (Development), Faculty of Medicine, CUHK
Director, Collaborating Centre for Oxford University and CUHK for Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response (CCOUC)
Centre Director, Centre for Global Health, CUHK
Honorary Research Fellow (Emerging Infectious Diseases and Emergency Preparedness), Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford
Fellow, Francois-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University
Convenor, Climate Change and Health Study Group,
and Professor