Public Health Pre-Deployment Course (PHPD)
Purpose and learning outcomes
The purpose of this Course is to prepare professionals with knowledge and experience in different public health and related fields to work effectively, efficiently and safely in the design, implementation, management and/or coordination of emergency response and early recovery
At the end of the Course, participants will be able to:
- Understand the principles that underpin national emergency response and how this could be complemented by international health humanitarian action in the framework of the UN reforms and other key emerging issues that influence the ways humanitarian organizations operate to ensure greater predictability, accountability and partnership in humanitarian action.
- Understand the core functions of the health sector in emergencies and humanitarian action, and the principles, norms and approaches applied in assisting national/local authorities in addressing health priorities through a coordinated and all-inclusive sectoral/cluster approach.
- Work successfully as part of a multi-national and multi-agency team by effectively collaborating with national counterparts and other teams within the health sector and other relevant humanitarian sectors, and by being sensitive to each others' and the community's culture, customs, language and traditions.
- Adapt emergency health principles, best practices and tools in addressing major health issues in emergencies and humanitarian action, and apply them to specific situations in respect to national and inter-country arrangements.
- Transform situation-specific public health priorities into emergency response and recovery programmes which build on established systems, strengths and resources of humanitarian partners, and more importantly on the capacity and needs of the local public health system
- Protect their own and their counterparts' and colleagues' health, safety and security while operating in harsh or dangerous environments
- Comply with administrative, financial, human resources and reporting systems and standard operating procedures governing WHO/PAHO health action in crises.