Public Health Interventions in Emergencies


Public health interventions differ greatly depending on the nature and type of disaster, the availability of resources, and the social, political and economic characteristics of each affected community. Knowing common interventions and when to use them is critical for humanitarian workers and disaster managers.

This course follows the international guidelines and standards that are modified to meet the regional context and local characteristics. A large portion of this course will focus on outbreak investigation with special approaches, techniques and tools that are adapted to suit the emergency situations.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand the structure and function of surveillance systems during emergencies
  2. Conduct outbreak investigation in emergency situations
  3. Conduct health needs assessments
  4. Apply cost-effective interventions in responding to public health emergencies for refugees/IDPs and host communities
  5. Make plans to keep primary and secondary care levels and referral services functioning during emergencies
  1. Introduction to Public Health Surveillance.
  2. Innovative Disease Surveillance.
  3. Surveillance During Disasters.
  4. Principles of Disease Transmission, Control and Prevention.
  5. Safety and Biosecurity in the Field.
  6. The Role of Epidemiologist in a Disaster Management.
  7. The Sphere Project - International Standards in Emergencies.
  8. Essential Indicators in Emergencies.
  9. Rapid Response Teams.
  10. Health Needs Assessment in Emergencies.
  11. Mass Casualty.
  12. Mass Casualty Management.
  13. Assessing Mortality in Emergency Situations.
  14. Disaster Information System.
  15. Medical Supplies and Logistics in Emergencies.
Duration: 30 Learning Hours
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Participant who complete the stand alone course will be awarded a Certificate of Successful Completion.

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