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TM5557 - Disaster Health Management

Credit points: 3
Year: 2021
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

  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (25%) - Individual
  • Oral > Presentation 1 - (25%) - Group
  • Written > Briefing paper - (50%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Achieve an overall percentage of 50% or more; Complete all three (3) assessment items


Cairns, Study Period 1, Mixed attendance
Census Date 25-Mar-2021
Face to face teaching (TBC)
Coord/Lect: Ms Sandra Downing.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 40 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • assessment and self-directed study
Restrictions: An enrolment quota applies to this offering.
Enrolment in this offering is restricted.

Cairns, Study Period 1, External
Census Date 25-Mar-2021
Coord/Lect: Ms Sandra Downing.
Workload expectations:
  • 130 hours - Self directed online learning and assessment
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU

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.