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

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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 me-thods 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.

Course Topics

  • 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.

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