Public Health and Disasters: Assessing and Responding to Health Care Needs in Natural Disasters and Complex Emergencies

from University of Heidelberg
Registration deadline: 27 Apr 2020 Training date: 11 May 2020 to 22 May 2020 More Information

This course focuses on understanding health and health system impacts as well as health care needs in natural disasters (e.g. floods, earthquakes) and complex emergencies (e.g. armed conflicts). It looks at the role of public health in disaster situations, disaster preparedness and response, needs assessment methods and prioritisation.

This course aims to create awareness about the relief and development context in which international organisations work as well as the driving forces and determinants of inter-agency coordination in the field.

Content Overview

The content of the course reflects up-to-date knowledge and experience with the impact assessment and management of natural disasters and complex emergencies in the health sector:
Disaster situations,

  • Disaster preparedness,
  • Development programmes,
  • Cross-cultural awareness,
  • Gender based and sexual violence,
  • Working relations in the field, donor coordination,
  • Relief to development continuum,
  • Applied epidemiology in needs assessment and
  • Relief planning for natural disasters and complex emergencies.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the course participants should be able to:

  • explain the health and health systems impacts of disasters
  • explain the importance of addressing gender based violence and mental health impacts
  • differentiate between natural disasters and complex emergencies in terms of health impacts and needs
  • apply rapid needs assessment methods and prioritization in disaster situations
  • use strategic and operational planning and health management tools in disasters
  • apply epidemiological methods in disaster situations
  • explain the driving forces and determinants of inter-agency coordination in the field
  • distinguish between development-oriented humanitarian aid and mainstreaming preparedness in development policies
  • identify methods for quality assurance and minimum standard setting in humanitarian aid
  • apply socio-cultural aspects in the field work appropriately
Fee information:
General Admittance: € 1.500.- tropEd students: € 1.000.- Included in the course fee is a non-refundable registration fee of € 200.- Please register as soon as possible as the number of participants is limited. Unfortunately, no Scholarships are available. If the participant withdraws from the course less than 6 weeks prior: 25 % of the course fee will be charged. less than 4 weeks prior: 50 % of the course fee will be charged. less than 2 weeks prior: the whole course fee will be charged. The tuition fee does not include accommodation, insurance or other personal living costs during the stay.
How to register:

To register please follow the link to our online registration: