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In 2001, ADPC in collaboration with the two Regional Offices of the World Health Organization (WHO), for South East Asia (SEARO) and the Western Pacific (WPRO) developed and implemented a course on public health and emergency management for Member States of the two WHO regions. This approach gave rise to the development of the Public Health and Emergency Management in Asia and the Pacific (PHEMAP) Program which aims to strengthen national capacities for managing health risks of emergencies in the Asia and Pacific regions.

The course will give greater emphasis to the risk management, program management, operations management and leadership roles of health emergency managers. PHEMAP course will enable graduates to address the challenges of managing emergency health risks by making improvements to the capacity of their respective health emergency management systems and institutions.

Moreover, PHEMAP courses are specifically designed for people who play critical health emergency management and coordination roles in managing the health risks of emergencies. The inter-regional PHEMAP course will familiarize health emergency managers with policy-making, risk management, emergency response, and recovery planning, international standards and regional cooperation. They will be able to adopt roles as a program manager and operations coordinator by applying tools and processes, such as capacity assessment and development, information management, incident management, and risk communication to improve emergency health services that include environmental health, mass casualty management, feeding and nutrition, emergency medical systems, psychosocial support, and communicable disease control.

The goal of the PHEMAP Program is “to strengthen national capacities for managing health risks of emergencies in the Asian and Pacific regions”.

By the end of the course, participants should be able to develop their own management and leadership capacities to:

  • Discuss the concepts and principles of Disaster Risk Management (DRM)
  • Apply tools and processes which enhance their functional roles as health emergency leaders/managers
  • Analyze practical relevance of technical aspects to serve as the basis for a manager to manage emergency
  • Gain the concept and necessary inputs required to work towards developing and institutionalizing National/Sub National PHEMAP
  • Identify the country capacity development needs in preparing for, managing, and recovering better from emergency
  • Develop a personal re-entry plan

What do we include in these courses?

A. Theoretical Foundation
Module 1: Disaster Risk Management (DRM)

B. Functional Roles of Health Emergency Manager
Module 2: Roles and functions of Health Emergency Managers Module 3: Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Planning
Module 4: Emergency Operations Management
Module 5: Resource Management
Module 6: Coordination
Module 7: Information Management
Module 8: Communication
Module 9: Advocacy
Module 10: Monitoring and EvaluatioN
Module 11: Thematic development issues and DRM

At the end of the Course, a simulation puts the participants in the position of having to put their skills into practice as they coordinate a public health emergency. This requires them to make direct connections between the Course and their work. We also support participants to put together a professional development plan to guide their learning and practice following completion of the training.

Language and teaching methods
The course is currently offered in English only. Extensive reading and participatory learning methods are used. All participants will receive a pre-reading packet of materials before arriving at the course site. Participants should be fluent in reading and speaking English.

The course will be relevant to senior-level public health officers (director-level positions and above) who have health emergency management responsibilities. Health emergency managers includes emergency heath coordinators in national and provincial health ministries, health care facility managers and WHO health emergency management program focal points. Teaching staff and representatives of academic institutions who are involved in health emergency management education would also benefit from this course.

The trainers are leading international and regional experts with a wide variety of field experience in public health and emergency management. Trainers represent a range of backgrounds from UN agencies, NGO’s to multi-lateral organizations, international & bilateral agencies, academic and research centers. They all have significant hands on experience and many have taught in the course and/or were involved in designing the curriculum.

We aim to have a combination of regional and international experts involved with each course. In addition, we encourage participants to contribute their own experiences to help support the learning of the whole group.

Fee information

COURSE FEE The standard course fee of US$2,600 covers course tuition, registration fee, training materials, field visit and training kit. Participants will be responsible for their own travel expenses and arrangements, accommodation, airport transfers, visa application, all meals, health and accident insurance, and other personal expenses.

How to register

Interested persons can apply as individuals although preference will be given to those sponsored by an organization. The application can be submitted online at The registration and payment should be made at least one month before the course commences.

If you are selected to attend the course, the payment should be transferred to ADPC’s account through bank transfer. Otherwise, your participation will be canceled. Please note that personal checks are not accepted as a form of payment.

If you are unable to attend, a substitute applicant is welcome to attend in your place, provided the participation criteria have been met.

Cancellation of attendance should be notified at least three weeks prior to course commencement; in which case, 15% of the course fee will be deducted for banking charges and administrative costs. No refunds are available for cancellation within three weeks prior to course commencement.

It is also important to note that the course has a requirement for a minimum number of participants. If an insufficient number of applications have been received by 16 October 2020, ADPC reserves the right to cancel the course for the current year. Candidates who have already been accepted will be informed as soon as the decision is taken, and offered a place in the following year if desired.

Please contact:
Health Risk Management Department
Asian Disaster Preparedness Center
Tel: +66 2 298 0682-92 | Fax: +66 2 298 0012-13
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