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Short Course in Disaster Management

30 Ethics Points Only R 3 950.00 (incl VAT)

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Disasters are serious disruptions of the environment and impact severely on affected communities and their available resources. The impact could be very severe for vulnerable people who do not have the infrastructure or means to cope with the disaster. Disaster management is the way to deal with and address the risks and environmental impacts of the disaster.

Disaster Management guides emergency planners to not only focus on the scenario of disaster but more importantly anticipate and focus on the consequences of a disaster. Priorities for a coordinated health program and critical emergency relief measures are some of the highlights in the course.

This short course addresses the concepts and processes of emergency planning and management of disasters within a developing world context. By the end of this course, students will be able to assess the hazards and address them to help reduce the risks of a disaster occurring.

Learning Outcomes

After completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Discuss disaster planning and assessing hazards.
  • Describe emergency planning and preparation.
  • Explain how to respond to a disaster: Emergency Needs Assessment.
  • Describe how to monitor and assess the impact of the disaster response.
  • Discuss the response, recovery, and the role of international organizations and NGOs.

Who Should Enrol

  • Any healthcare professional interested in public health
  • Public health decision-makers
  • Public health aspiring researchers
  • Public health managers with a post-graduate degree qualification
  • Any honours degree graduate interested in public health learning

Course Design

This is an eLearning course and materials are presented in the form of video tuition and reading materials. Participants have access to all available resources for a 3-month period from the date of enrolment.

Course Content

This course consists of the following modules namely:

  1. General Introductions to Disaster Planning - Assessing Hazards
  2. Emergency Planning and Preparation
  3. Responding to a disaster: Emergency Needs Assessment
  4. Monitoring and assessing the impact of the disaster response
  5. Response and recovery and the role of international organizations and NGOs


Participants are required to successfully complete the five online multiple-choice assessments and a final assignment and obtain a pass mark of 70%.


This course is valued at 15 Credits as part of the Master of Public Health (MPH) (NQF Level 9, 180 Credits, SAQA ID: 117086). The MPH may be achieved in part through Credit Accumulation and Transfer (CAT) up till 50%. Should you successfully complete this course, you can apply for CAT, should you be accepted to the Master of Public Health.

Accredited according to the HPCSA’s Medical and Dental Board Guidelines for 30 Ethical CEU’s on Level 2.


To obtain a certificate of completion participants are required to work through all materials and resources provided as well as successfully complete the assessment process.


Participants have access for a 3-month period. It will take approximately 4 weeks to work through all materials and resources provided as well as complete the assessment process.

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