Online Course - Core Public Health Concepts for Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management
(Last Updated on 27 May 2021)
Registration for the new cohort opens until 30 September 2022. Upon registration, students are allowed to study the course until 31 October 2022 at their own pace.
This course will introduce the basic concepts of health and public health and core principles for public health practice. These core concepts and principles are fundamental for developing and implementing health interventions in health emergency and disaster risk management (Health- EDRM) at global level. In this course, public health practice is categorised into three major domains: health protection, health promotion and health service provision. Each domain will be explained in lecture 3, 4 & 5 with relevant principles, models and theories to help understand how public health interventions and policies are developed and implemented. Lecture 5 & 6 will illustrate major threats to global health, diseases and disasters, in order to highlight the increasing needs for global efforts to fight against various health challenges.
Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:
- Understand the basic principles and concepts for health and public health;
- Gain basic principles of public health interventions which are essential in disaster and humanitarian crisis;
- Grasp the three main spheres of public health and how they are practiced to protect and promote population health; and
- Develop a good understanding of global health threats in relation to Health-EDRM and needs for public health interventions.
The target audience is individuals studying and working in health, policy, education and humanitarian sectors or postgraduate students of closely-related disciplines. The course can be complementary to other HKJCDPRI online courses, such as Climate Change and Health.
As part of CCOUC’s knowledge transfer endeavour, this course is offered free of charge. There is limited quota for enrolment on a first-come-first-served basis.
Course Structure and Delivery Format
The course involves a total of 6 lessons, 5 short quizzes and one final assessment. Each lesson requires about 1.5 to 2 hours of study. All assessments are in the form of multiple-choice questions to be completed online with unlimited attempts. To progress through the course, students must obtain 80% or above in each short quiz. Students enrolled in the course may access all learning materials and go through all learning activities online within a maximum period of seven months. Topics covered in the course are as follows:
- Health and Public Health
- Health Protection
- Health Improvement
- Health Service Provision
- Threats to Global Health Part 1: Communicable & Non-Communicable Diseases
- Threats to Global Health Part 2: Disasters
Course Completion and Certification
Students who obtain 60% or above in the final assessment will be issued a printable certificate in recognition of completing the course.
To start studying the course now, please visit the course website at https://www.hkjcdpri.org.hk/d05-5-core-public-health-concepts-health-emergency-and-disaster-risk-management
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