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Public Health Management of Mass Gatherings


Mass Gathering (MG) has been defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an occasion, either organized or spontaneous where the number of people attending is sufficient to strain the planning and response resources of the community, city, or nation hosting the event. Public health concerns which arise during such conditions include injury, communicable diseases, non-communicable diseases, and exhaustion and heat-related illnesses. Public health workers aim to minimize these risks through gaining a better understanding of public health threats, strengthening of public health systems, and enabling of evidence-based decision-making. Furthermore, there is a demand to enhance preparedness, optimize surveillance, and develop rapid response capacities.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Differentiate between various types of mass gathering events on a global and regional level
  2. Identify the main public health concerns during mass gathering events
  3. Identify the components of public health surveillance during mass gathering events
  4. Conduct risk assessment for mass gatherings

Course Outline

  1. Mass gatherings at global and regional levels
  2. Public health concerns during mass gathering events
  3. IHR 2005 in mass gatherings
  4. Public health practices in mass gathering
  5. The components of surveillance during mass gathering events
  6. Preparedness and response plans for mass gatherings
  7. Communicable disease alerts and responses during mass gatherings
  8. WHO recommendations during mass gathering events
  9. Risk assessment during mass gathering
  10. Haddon’s Matrix for MG
  11. Risk communication during mass gatherings

Training delivery methods

  1. In-class method
  2. Online method

  • Duration: 30 Learning Hours

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Participant who complete the stand alone course will be awarded a Certificate of Course Completion.