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Introduction to Public Health in Humanitarian Emergencies

Start Date

15 February
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm



This eight week course will provide participants with an introduction to the key aspects of Public Health in a range of emergency situations. The course runs weekly for 8 nights starting Wednesday 15th February 2017 from 6.30 – 8.30pm at Kimmage DSC. There is a concessionary rate of €100 for students or people not in paid employment.

The course is aimed at:

  • Those who may have attended or are attending the Introduction to Humanitarian Emergencies course also run by Kimmage DSC or the Introduction to Humanitarian Logistics course run by the Irish Emergency Logistics Team in association with Kimmage DSC.
  • Members of the general public including students who are keen to learn more about the public health challenges in a range of crises and how those challenges are addressed
  • Those working in aid (Government, Non-Government and Private Sector) i.e. desk officers, fundraisers, advocacy campaigners, suppliers, development educators etc. who are perhaps not front line humanitarian actors but want to deepen their understanding of the public health realities in a range of emergency types.

Course Objectives

  • To provide an overview of public health in developing and disaster vulnerable countries.
  • To explore the key public health challenges in a range of disasters including conflict and natural disaster situations.
  • To provide some detail on how a response is delivered under a range of different priorities
  • To explore the mainstreaming of cross cutting themes into a public health response and explore future challenges posed by for example climate change.

Module Content

  • Introduction to Public Health in Disaster Vulnerable Countries, Niall Roche
  • Health Systems, Human Resources and Cluster Coordination in emergencies, Niall Roche
  • Nutrition, Food Security, WaSH and Shelter in emergencies, Niall Roche
  • Injuries and Communicable Disease Control (i.e. cholera and ebola) in crisis situations, Dr. Enida Friel
  • Reproductive Health, HIV/AIDS, Gender based Violence in emergencies, Nadine Ferris France
  • Mental Health and Psycho-Social Support, Sarah Robinson
  • Non Communicable Diseases in emergency contexts and Future Public Health Challenges (e.g. climate change), Niall Roche

Course Schedule

The course runs every Wednesday evening for 8 weeks on the following dates:

  • February 15th and 22nd
  • March 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th
  • April 5th

For further information, please contact: Capacity Development Services (01) 4064341 or cds@kimmagedsc.ie.



Introduction to Public Health in Humanitarian Emergencies

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