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TM5557 - Disaster Health Management

Credit points: 3
Year: 2020
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences

This subject aims to prepare students to effectively contribute to the management of population health needs resulting from a disaster in both national and international settings. This will be achieved by developing a thorough understanding of disaster prevention, preparation, response and recovery systems.

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply the principles and phases of disaster management to a variety of scenarios in both developed and developing countries, focussing on the tropics;
  • Critically assess the risks and needs of disaster-stricken communities, and the implications for disaster management;
  • Differentiate the role of governments, NGOs, the military, international agencies and other stakeholders in disaster management;
  • Appraise/articulate the ethical, cultural and legal aspects of disaster health care;
  • Critically reflect on the role of public health in the disaster management team.

Subject Assessment

  • Group Assessment - (35%)
  • Non-Invigilated > Assignments - (40%)
  • Online quiz - (25%).


Cairns, Study Period 1, Mixed attendance
Census Date 26-Mar-2020
Face to face teaching 01-Jun-2020 to 05-Jun-2020
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Sue Devine, Ms Sandra Downing.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 40 hours lectures
  • assessment and self-directed study
Restrictions: An enrolment quota applies to this offering.

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.