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D05-5: Core Public Health Concepts for Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management


D05-5: Core Public Health Concepts for Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management

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Course Information

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



The 5th 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

This course will introduce the basic concepts of health and public health and core principles for public health practice. These core concepts and principles are fundamental for developing and implementing health interventions in health emergency and disaster risk management (Health- EDRM) at global level. In this course, public health practice is categorised into three major domains: health protection, health promotion and health service provision. Each domain will be explained in lecture 3, 4 & 5 with relevant principles, models and theories to help understand how public health interventions and policies are developed and implemented. Lecture 5 & 6 will illustrate major threats to global health, diseases and disasters, in order to highlight the increasing needs for global efforts to fight against various health challenges.

What you'll learn

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

  1. Understand the basic principles and concepts for health and public health
  2. Gain basic principles of public health interventions which are essential in disaster and humanitarian crisis
  3. Grasp the three main spheres of public health and how they are practiced to protect and promote population health
  4. Develop a good understanding of global health threats in relation to Health-EDRM and needs for public health interventions 
Target Audience

This online course will be available to anyone in the world. The target audience is individuals studying and working in health, policy, education and humanitarian sectors or postgraduate students of closely-related disciplines. The course can be complementary to other HKJCDPRI online courses, such as Climate Change and Health.

  1. The principles of public health and determinants of health
  2. The three main spheres of public health
  3. Health protection principles
  4. Health promotion models and theories
  5. Two major pillars for health service provision, i.e. health systems and health policies  
  1. The overview of various principles related to public health
  2. How the three domains of public health are related to public health practice
  3. How health protection principles are useful for developing interventions
  4. The practical use of models and theories for health promotion practice
  5. Understanding six building blocks of health systems and three components that affect health policy development and implementation 
Skills Students become able to:
  1. Rationalise why and how a health intervention and a policy is developed
  2. Describe the needs of public health interventions to protect population health
  3. Relate health protection interventions and principles 
  4. Identify which health promotion models or theories are used for some health promotion practice
  5. Recognise factors involved in building efficient health systems and health policies
List of Lectures
  1. Health and Public Health
  2. Health Protection
  3. Health Improvement
  4. Health Service Provision
  5. Threats to Global Health Part 1: Communicable & Non-Communicable Diseases
  6. Threats to Global Health Part 2: Disasters

Assessment in the course:

  1. Short self-assessment quizzes to help students gauge their understanding of the course (quiz 1-5), and 
  2. A longer final quiz at the end of the course. All questions are randomly drawn from a question bank (Questions from lecture 1-6). 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.



Passing Grade

Quiz 1

10 MCQs administered after Lesson 1

80% or more

Quiz 2

10 MCQs administered after Lesson 2

80% or more

Quiz 3

10 MCQs administered after Lesson 3

80% or more

Quiz 4

10 MCQs administered after Lesson 4

80% or more

Quiz 5

10 MCQs administered after Lesson 5

80% or more

Final Quiz

30 MCQs administered after Lesson 6

60% or more

Effective Date 
26 Jul 2021

6 Lectures
Recommended Effort 
2-3 hours of self-study per lecture
Public Health; Disaster Risk Management
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