Online Course - Public Health Principles in Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response
(Last Updated on 24 February 2017)
More than 4,200 students from all continents have enrolled in the first five cohorts offered in June and November 2014, May and November 2015, and May 2016 respectively.
Registration for the 6th cohort opens from 16 November 2016 to 15 September 2017. Upon registration, students are allowed to study the course until 15 October 2017 at their own pace. There is limited quota for enrolment on a first-come-first-served basis.
The "Public Health Principles in Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response" online course was developed by CCOUC in an attempt to make lessons learnt from previous disasters available and comprehensible to key stakeholders in disaster risk mitigation and the civil society. Students enrolled in the course will gain insight and theoretical understanding of the public health issues related to disaster and be empowered personally and professionally to take necessary actions at the individual, community, and national levels to reduce the health risk posed by the increasing frequency and intensity of disaster.
The course teaching assistant may assist students in meeting challenges regarding the course content and answer questions in the process;
The course is supported by a mobile application available for download here;
The course enriches students' learning with the use of real disaster case studies, online tools and relevant international publications;
The course offers exceptional flexibility for participants to manage their study schedule with course materials accessible online anytime, anywhere!
The target audience for this course is individuals studying and working in health, policy, education and humanitarian sectors. Students may be civil servants, healthcare personnel, frontline disaster relief practitioners, and postgraduate students of closely-related disciplines.
As part of CCOUC’s knowledge transfer endeavour, this course is offered free of charge. There is limited quota for enrolment on a first-come-first-served basis.
Course Structure and Delivery Format
The course is delivered through an online virtual learning space developed by the Technology-Assisted Lifelong Learning unit of the Department for Continuing Education of Oxford University.
The course involves a total of 7 lessons, 4 short quizzes and one final assessment. Each lesson requires about one to three hours of study. All assessments are in the form of multiple-choice questions to be completed online with unlimited attempts. To progress through the course, students must obtain 80% or above in each short-quiz. Students enrolled in the course may access all learning materials and go through all learning activities online within a maximum period of seven months. Topics covered in the course are as follows:
Lesson 1: Public Health Approaches to Medical Disaster Response
Lesson 2: Disaster Concepts and Trends
Lesson 3: The Impact of Disasters
Lesson 4: The Human Health Impact of Disasters
Lesson 5: Responding to Health Needs in Disaster (I)
Lesson 6: Responding to Health Needs in Disaster (II)
Lesson 7: Public Health Emergency Preparedness
Chan EYY, Public health humanitarian responses to natural disasters. London: Routledge; 2017.
Course Completion and Certification
Students who obtain 60% or above in the final assessment will be issued a printable certificate in recognition of completing the course. Chan EYY, Public health humanitarian responses to natural disasters. London: Routledge; 2017
To start studying the course now, please visit the course website at http://phpidccouc.conted.ox.ac.uk
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