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Archived Curricula Guide 2015–2017
Curricula Guide is archieved. Please refer to current Curricula Guides
HEAIH03 Health and Health Care in Disaster Situations 5 ECTS
Organised by
Master's Degree Programme in Health Sciences
Person in charge
Announced in the teaching schedule
Corresponding course units in the curriculum
School of Health Sciences
Curricula 2012 – 2015


Strategic themes: Internationalisation, Sustainable development

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, the students will
• understand the global epidemiology of humanitarian disasters altogether
• know alternative strategies for disaster prevention and management
• be able to appraise scientific literature and to make oral presentations


• Historical trends and current epidemiology of natural and man-made disasters
• Definitions and determinants of different types of humanitarian disasters
• Main public health problems and their mechanisms in different types of disasters
• Assessment of health and health needs in a humanitarian crisis
• Health care priorities and priority groups in different types of humanitarian disasters
• Practical approaches to health service provision after a sudden natural disaster or during a complex humanitarian emergency
• The legal context of humanitarian assistance in disaster management
• Common actors and their role and collaboration in disaster management
• The international mechanisms for the protection of human rights in humanitarian crises
• National and international strategies for disaster prediction, prevention, and mitigation

Teaching methods

Classroom work max 48h

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Open University Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in course work 
In English

• Active participation in tutorials
• Active participation in group works
• Passing a written exam

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 1-5.
Grade is given by the teacher responsible for the course based on the written exam.

Study materials

Announced in the Teaching schedule

Further information

Minimum number of students: 8(else the course will be cancelled), maximum number of students: 32

Belongs to following study modules

School of Health Sciences
School of Health Sciences
School of Health Sciences
School of Language, Translation and Literary Studies
School of Health Sciences
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
School of Health Sciences