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Managing Primary Healthcare Services in Emergencies

Program Overview

The Managing Primary Healthcare Services in Emergencies program equips participants with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively manage primary healthcare services in emergencies. The overall objective of this program is to provide knowledge and skills to build the capacity of public health professionals to manage primary healthcare services effectively and efficiently during emergencies.

The total duration of this program is three months, composed of five weeks of in-service study and seven weeks of field work.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the program, participants will be able to:

  1. Maintain the functions and manage primary healthcare services, including immunization programs, environmental health interventions and women and child health services
  2. Apply epidemiological methods to identify and manage communicable and non-communicable diseases during emergencies
  3. Rapidly assess, and effectively respond to, the nutritional consequences of emergencies on the affected population

Training Courses

Participants in this program will complete the following five short courses:

  1. Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases in Emergencies
  2. Women and Child Health in Humanitarian Setting
  3. Nutrition in Emergencies
  4. Environmental Health in Emergencies
  5. Scientific Writing

Field Work

Participants spend seven weeks in the field 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. Assess the preparedness and business continuity during emergencies in one (or more) health care services
  2. Participate in responding to public health emergencies
  3. Prepare an emergency response report

Targeted Group

The target audience of this program are public health professionals working for ministries of health, non-governmental organizations, and humanitarian agencies. This course will also be valuable for those looking for a career in emergency management. Participants are expected to have attended the training course on “Basics of Public Health Emergency Management” from IAPH or any other recognized institute.

Training Delivery method

  1. In-class method
  2. Blended learning method
  • Number of Coursers: 5
  • Duration: 3 months

Accredited By


Participant who complete the three-month program requirements will be awarded a Post Graduate Diploma Certificate (PGDC).

Courses in this Program


Communicable and Noncommunicable Diseases in Emergencies

  • Duration 30 Learning Hours
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Women and child health in humanitarian setting

  • Duration 30 Learning Hours
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Nutrition in Emergencies

  • Duration 30 Learning Hours
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Environmental Health in Emergencies

  • Duration 30 Learning Hours
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Scientific Writing

  • Duration 30 Learning Hours
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