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TM5536 - Refugee Health

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: Sch Public Health,Trop Medicine&Rehabilitation Sc (pre 2015)

This subject aims to prepare participants for international work in emergency response settings, particularly focused on displaced populations. Topics covered include: international humanitarian law, rapid assessment, organsiation and coordination, basic epidemiology in emergency settings, disease control, vaccination, nutrition, reproductive health, water, sanitation & shelter and health and safety of the field worker. Guest lecturers with extensive field experience and technical expertise from a range of organisations contribute to this subject. This subject is suitable for both clinical and non-clinical participants.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students who successfully complete this subject will be able to articulate the major public health issues in an emergency setting;
  • Apply humanitarian principles in refugee settings;
  • Discuss the organisation of health services and the multi-sectorial approach to reduce the health impact in emergency settings;
  • Evaluate the public health situation in an emergency setting and propose appropriate responses;
  • Approach an emergency refugee setting with insight into the challenges faced by humanitarian workers.


Townsville, Block, Study Period 2
Census Date 28-Aug-2014
Face to face teaching 25-Aug-2014 to 05-Sep-2014
Coordinator: Ms Sandra Downing, <Person not found>
Lecturers: Ms Sandra Downing, <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 60 hours lectures
Assessment: other exams (60%); presentations (20%); (20%).
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.