Short courses 短期课程

In collaboration with the Summer Institute of the School of Public Health and Primary Care at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, CCOUC organizes and provides graduate-level disaster and humanitarian technical training to students from a wide variety of backgrounds. The training courses include lectures, multi-media supported learning, and role-play simulation exercises. The two courses available include:
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1. Disaster & Humanitarian Crisis (1.5 credit)

Disaster and Humanitarian Responses are crucial elements in public health practice in the global community. Humanitarian relief actions often highlight the importance of preparedness, training, and multidisciplinary response actions. This course offers participants an overview of the public health and medical implications of disasters and humanitarian crises. It discusses health needs assessment and evaluation post-disaster. It aims to show how public health principles are applied in disaster relief and health-related humanitarian actions. The course includes in-class simulations to highlight the complex dynamics of humanitarian emergencies.

Course content:

  • Principles of medical humanitarian responses in disasters and crises
  • Complex emergencies
  • Natural disasters
  • Health needs assessment and policies in emergency responses
  • Man-made disasters
  • Public health emergency response program planning and evaluation


2. Climate Change & Health (1 credit, 12 hours)

Climate Change is an important topic for public health practice in the 21st century. This course offers participants an overview of issues related to climate change and health.  It aims to demonstrate the application of public health principles in issues of climate change in order to support community preparedness, response, policy formulation, and implementation.

Students will be introduced to the significance of climate change as well as its occurrence and major contributors. The course focuses on the pathways that illustrate how climate change intricately connects with health and how public health principles may be applied to analyze these health impacts in the global context. A brief lecture on the use of statistical models in studying climate change and health is also provided for those who are more mathematically inclined.

Course content:

  • Climate change and health overview
  • Impact of climate change on disease patterns
  • Human behavior and adaptation to climate change
  • From science to policy: Public health responses to climate change

Enrollment Information:
Courses will be open for enrollment in April 2013.

Related links:
Summer Institute 2011
Summer Institute 2012

[Last updated on 5 March 2013]

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