MPH Public Health (Web-based Learning) / Course details
Year of entry: 2023
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Course unit details:
Emergency Planning, Response & Resilience
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|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.
This unit aims for students to gain an understanding of the principles of emergency planning, response and resilience and their application in a range of situations.
On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of legislation, policy & 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 & recovery
- Be able to describe the structures involved in multi-agency EPRR
- Be able to critically review plans & responses to incidents
- Demonstrate understanding of the identification, assessment, planning & mitigation process for managing risk
- Work through EPRR scenarios in a team
- Introduction to EPRR and Legislation and guidance
- International frameworks
- Assessing risk
- Risk mitigation and planning
- Training and exercising
- Integrated emergency management/command and control
- Exploring the response phase, recovery and resilience
- Communication, warning and informing the public
- Debrief, report writing and lessons learned
- International frameworks relating to public health and EPRR
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. The course notes include relevant case studies and are supported by video lectures and webinars. 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 material. 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.
- 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.
Weighting within unit (if relevant)
Written Assignment or equivalent
3000 words or equivalent
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.
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|Anjana Sahu||Unit coordinator|
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