• Offered by ANU Medical School
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Medicine
  • Areas of interest Public Health, Health
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
Public Health disasters, catastrophes and recovery (MEDI8116)

This course is designed to explore the principles, practices and tools that public health planners use to deal with critical events both in country and in the form of international intervention.  Some of the issues that are covered in this course include role of national government, NGOs, WHO and UN Agencies in the surveillance and preparedness to counter national and international public health threats.  Students will critically examine past events and current plans and will be expected to challenge past priorities and practices.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:


• explore the concepts of emergency preparedness in protecting people from national and international threats. (LO1)


• critically discuss within a framework  past threats and existing plans to better prepare, plan and deliver successful interventions under duress. (LO2)


•  critically review national and international response to past events and our public health preparedness to asymmetric threats such as chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) threats. (LO3)

Other Information

The course will consist of weekly formal sessions (50% lecture and 50% interactive tutorials) and student activities.

The course will be delivered in face-to-face and online mode.

Indicative Assessment

20% - 500-750 word take home exam LO1

60% - 3000 word essay LO1, LO2, LO3

20% - 500-750 word critical review of emergency preparedness LO3 

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The workload will be three contact hours per week comprising a combination of lectures and tutorials with the expectation of a further seven hours of independent study and directed reading.

students participating online will be supported by recorded lectures, an online forum and structured lecture material and directed reading.  Skype tutorials will also be made available based on the needs of individual students.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $5760
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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