HUMN 7032 Public Health in Complex Emergencies (Advanced)

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 102574

Coordinator Nidhi Wali Opens in new window

Description The health, socio-economic, and political aspects of conflicts and disasters are complex and multidimensional, requiring political commitment and coordinated and effective prevention. This unit uses critical analyses to provide students with the skills and knowledge required to understand the politics of public health response in emergency situations. Students will be introduced to rapid health assessment protocols in, and health priorities and the prevention of public health effects of, complex emergencies. They will gain practical skills to evaluate and critically appraise the evidence used to inform public health policy and the effectiveness of different decision-making practices in emergency situations.

School Social Sciences

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Critique the principles that govern health response in complex emergencies, including the responsibility to respond and protect, and the roles and responsibilities of various actors.
  2. Articulate relevant policy responses pertaining to decision making frameworks including when to respond, who does what and when, and when to leave or phase out the intervention.
  3. Critically review the political and ethical dimensions of public health response in complex emergencies and how they relate to international agendas.
  4. Evaluate the strengths and limitations of available evidence and epidemiological data that inform the public health response.
  5. Analyse both internal and external forces and realities that may facilitate or impede the delivery of public health services and programs in complex emergencies.
  6. Demonstrate the practical skills to plan, implement, and evaluate evidence-based prevention programs.
  7. Deploy critical appraisal skills to evaluate the effectiveness of NGO coordination and interagency decision making in the humanitarian response.

Subject Content

- Multidimensional health, socio-economic, and political aspects of conflicts and disasters.
- Analysis of the requisite political commitment and coordinated effort for effective prevention.
- Critical analyses and their use in understanding the politics of public health response in emergency situations.
- Rapid health assessment protocols for priorities in health, and the prevention of public health effects of complex emergencies.
- The development of practical skills in the evaluation and critical appraisal of the evidence used to inform public health policy, and the effectiveness of different decision-making practices in emergency situations.

Assessment

The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Case Study Essay 3000 words 50 N Individual
Presentation 15-20 minutes presentation 20 N Individual
Take home exam 2 hours 30 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Teller, Siri and Roche, Niall (eds). Public Health in Humanitarian Action. University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, 2016. Freely available at: http://globalhealth.ku.dk/phha/PHHA_OER_Textbook_WHOe.pdf

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 1

Parramatta City - Macquarie St

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Subject Contact Andre Renzaho Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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