Croucher Summer Course 2013

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[Application period for the 2013 Croucher Summer Course is now over. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview between June 4-10th. All applicants will be notified of their application result on or before June 14th, 2013. For enquiries, please contact the course administrator at]

The Croucher Summer Course is a five-day residential summer course, which sets out to educate and inspire a small group of very promising postgraduate students and early career researchers from Hong Kong and the wider region. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from world-renowned scientists, network with peers, participate in engaging and interactive discussions.

22 – 26 July 2013

School of Public Health and Primary Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

The course will introduce participants to the technical training in methods and tools to conduct research and design evidence-based intervention to address medical needs in the context of humanitarian emergencies. The public health training covers various quantitative and qualitative tools and techniques for health risk assessment, disaster epidemiology as well as medical programme planning and impact evaluation for populations affected by catastrophic events.

Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:

  1. Gain update knowledge of health risk and outcome associated with various types of disasters;
  2. Understand the current research gaps in studies related to medical and public health implications of disasters and health risk management;
  3. Apply epidemiological techniques to design and investigate the health impacts of disasters and conflicts; and
  4. Learn about specific research issues for disaster and humanitarian action in the Asia Pacific context.

The following topics will be covered in the five-day course:

  1. Basic Concepts of Public Health and Disasters
  2. Characteristics and Health Issues of Natural Disasters, Manmade Disasters, and Complex Emergencies
  3. Disaster Epidemiology
  4. Data Collection, Management, and Analysis
  5. Disaster Research Design and Methodology
  6. Policy Issues in Disasters
  7. Needs Assessment and Impact Evaluation
  8. Ethics in Disaster Research


The five-day course includes lectures, workshops, tutorials, and presentation. Students will be assigned with pre-course readings and a disaster case project prior to the commencement of the course. As a formal assessment, students are required to hand in their full case study reports two weeks upon the completion of the course.

The course will be conducted in English.

The Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED)
University of Oxford
Harvard University

Registration fees
A registration fee of HK$4,000 will be charged for the five-day practical course. The fee will include tuition, course materials, and accommodation. The registration fee may be waived for selected students. The fee is payable once admission is confirmed.

Target Applicants
This course is open to postgraduate students and early career researchers in Hong Kong and the Asia Pacific, with academic interest in the humanitarian and emergency response sectors.

Participant selection is based on the candidate’s profile, examined through the application form. Completed form should be submitted to on or before 31 May 2013. Please continue to check this page regularly for updates or contact us for further inquiries.