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MRes Primary Care (Web-based Learning) / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Emergency Planning, Response & Resilience

Unit code POPH64132
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Division of Population Health, Health Services Research and Primary Care
Available as a free choice unit? No


The course is designed to provide a theoretical grounding in Emergency Planning, Response & Resilience (EPRR) for health care professionals with a responsibility for emergency planning and resilience and an introduction to the subject for those with an interest.

The unit will enable students to study the evidence base underpinning major incident and emergency management, with case studies, in order to develop a critical view of resilience and capacity management. The course will provide students with an ability to critically review major incident planning and explore some of the specialist incident types that require a dedicated response. Students will review the UK legislative framework surrounding major incident planning and resilience as a basis to discuss regional, national and international responses to multiple casualty events. Students will also gain an understanding of the health effects of chemical, biological, radiation and climate related hazards.

This is an interactive online course. Students must work through the online course material. Students are encouraged to use the Blackboard discussion boards to ask questions and check their understanding of the course materials.


  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of legislation, policy and guidelines relating to EPRR in healthcare
  • Understand the health effects of chemical, biological, radiation and climate related hazards
  • Demonstrate understanding of the command & control structures commonly applied in emergency response and recovery
  • Be able to describe the structures involved in multi-agency EPRR
  • Be able to critically review plans and responses to incidents
  • Demonstrate understanding of the identification, assessment, planning and mitigation process for managing risk

Learning outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of command and control strategies commonly used in EPRR
  • Describe structures involved in multi-agency EPRR
  • Critically review plans and responses to incidents
  • Demonstrate understanding of identification, assessment, planning and mitigation processes for managing risks
  • Work in a team to implement solutions to an EPRR scenario


•       Legislation and guidance

•       International frameworks

•       Assessing risk

•       Risk mitigation and planning

•       Training and exercising

•       Response

•       Integrated emergency management/command and control

•       Exploring the response phase, recovery and resilience

•       Communication, warning and informing the public

•       Evaluation and debrief

Teaching and learning methods

The unit will be delivered online in Blackboard. This will include course materials, digital book chapters, links to online journals, video material and websites. Students will work individually and in groups. In addition the unit will utilise virtual scenarios to both teach and formatively assess understanding along with moderated discussion board activities. Familiarity with major incident planning is not a pre-requisite of the course but students will be required to draw on and share personal experiences and use their normal working environment as a basis for discussions.

Employability skills

Analytical skills
This module will require analytical skills to assess the risks involved in emergencies. Students will use evidence provided from case studies, in order to develop a critical view of resilience and capacity management
Group/team working
Students will work individually and in groups and contribute to group work in a discussion board.
Project management
Students will be able to demonstrate project management skills thorough identifying, assessing and planning the mitigation processes for managing risks and reacting to incidents.

Assessment methods

Assessment task


Weighting within unit (if relevant)

Midterm Assignment

1,500 words


Final Assignment

2,500 words



Feedback methods

Students will be provided with personalised feedback for their mid-term and final summative assignments, within 15 working days for mid-term assignments and 20 working days for final submission.
Further opportunities for formative feedback (on non-assessed work) will also be provided during a course unit. 

Recommended reading


Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 150

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Anjana Sahu Unit coordinator

Additional notes

For further information please watch this video from our Course Unit Leader:

If you have any questions about the content of this unit, please contact the course unit leader, Anjana Sahu, via email on If you have any other queries, please contact the PGT programme administrators via email on