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Course Code: 
MDM 7101
Course Credit Units: 
Semester 1
Year of Study: 
Year 1
Undergraduate or Graduate Level: 
Graduate Level
Course Discipline: 
Course Description & Objectives: 

The course introduces the students to the principles, concepts and terminologies relating to public health and disasters. Key terminologies including emergencies, qualification of armed conflicts, protection, security, hazards, vulnerability and risk reduction and public health will be defined. The elements and principles of public health and disease prevention and control will be discussed. Participants will discuss the aetiologies/classification of disasters, including natural, technological, or manmade, or hybrid. The effects of disasters on public health will be discussed. The principles of protection, respect, assistance and security for victims of disasters will be discussed. The participants will also discuss principles of disaster preparedness and management and risk reduction including mitigation. The different phases of disasters including pre-disaster, attack phase and post-emergency and the activities undertaken towards mitigation and effective response by the various stakeholders will be discussed.

Learning Outcomes: 

At the end of the course, the student should be able to: 

  • Define the key concepts, core elements and principles in public health
  • Define the key concepts and terminologies related to disasters and emergencies and legal regimes in disasters and emergencies.
  • Discuss the disaster preparedness and management cycle
  • Discuss the effects of disasters on public health
  • Discuss activities in the different phases of disaster management.
  • Elucidate the roles of various stakeholders in disaster preparedness and risk reduction and management.
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