Basics of Public Health Emergency Management

The Basics of Public Health Emergency Management program equips students with the skills needed to successfully address public health emergencies and disasters.

The overall objective of this program is to provide knowledge and skills to build the capacity of public health professionals to manage public health emergencies effectively and efficiently for more resilient health systems, safer communities, and sustainable development.

The total duration of the program is three months, composed of five weeks of In class/online study and seven weeks of field work supervised by a dedicated mentor.


Learning Outcomes

  1. Utilize relevant skills of public health and epidemiology in health emergencies
  2. Effectively work in emergency health programs and projects
  3. Function as a member of an emergency management team
  4. Conduct common public health interventions during emergencies
  5. Work in the context of conflicts, through understanding the root causes and their impacts on the health system

Field Work

Residents spend seven weeks in the field work in order to be exposed to real-life situations and to practice the skills they gain with the guidance of a dedicated mentor. The following field projects are expected to be conducted during the field work period:

  1. Conduct public health risk assessment particularly for IDPs and refugee camps
  2. Develop and review emergency plans based on health needs assessments
  3. Participate in rapid response teams for public health emergencies, including, outbreak investigation and management

Targeted Group

The target audience of this programs are public health professionals working for ministries of health, non-governmental organizations, and humanitarian agencies. this programs will also be valuable for those looking for a career in emergency management.


Duration: 3 Months
Courses: 5
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Residents who complete the three-month program requirements will be awarded Technical diploma issued by International Academy of Public Health (IAPH) and accredited by Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation (APHEA).

Courses In This Program