Humanitarian Health Action

Public Health Pre-Deployment Course (PHPD)

Purpose and learning outcomes

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The purpose of this Course is to prepare professionals with knowledge and experience required in different public health and related fields to work efficiently and safely in the design, implementation, management and/or coordination of emergency response and early recovery operations in humanitarian settings.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the Course, participants will be able to:

  • Integrate in their interventions 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 organizations operate to ensure greater predictability, accountability and partnership in humanitarian action.
  • Support 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 and global health cluster approach.
  • Adapt emergency health principles, best practices, lessons learnt and tools in addressing major health issues in emergencies and humanitarian action, and apply them to specific situations with respect to national and inter-country arrangements.
  • Protect their own and their counterparts' and colleagues' health, safety and security while operating in harsh or dangerous environments.

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