Postgraduate Education

Master of Public Health (MPH) Modules
Infectious Outbreaks and Disasters
Human history has been intertwined with infectious outbreaks. From the outbreak of plague in the early 20th century in Manchuria to the more recent outbreak of Zika virus disease in South America, infectious outbreaks have claimed millions of lives and posed a major problem to the global healthcare system. Infectious outbreaks are closely related to disasters. By definition, infectious disease disasters are events that involve a biological agent or disease and cause mass casualties. They require a different management approach from other types of disasters in terms of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. This course is designed to provide students an overview of infectious outbreaks and disasters so that they can appraise the relationship between the two and critically analyze and propose strategic interventions in response to an infectious disease disaster from the public health perspective.

Emergency medicine for disaster and humanitarian crises responders

The human suffering and destruction following a disaster or humanitarian crisis impose a significant demand for emergency healthcare resources. These catastrophes present to responders and policy makers a wide range of problems. This course addresses these problems from the perspective of emergency medicine and demonstrates the disciplines of emergency medicine and public health work together in the context of disaster. It is specifically designed for students who are interested in undertaking humanitarian work, covering a broad range of topics including the key concepts of emergency medicine related to disaster, clinical challenges in natural, technical and man-made disasters, first-aid and psychological first-aid skills, disaster response in China and overseas, ethical dilemmas, and legal issues in humanitarian response. Veteran humanitarian workers from the Hong Kong Red Cross and Médecins Sans Frontières are invited to share their experience of humanitarian work in conflict zones and natural disaster-stricken areas. The students can also get a taste of humanitarian work in conflict zone by undertaking a training session in a simulated environment.