Graduate Certificate of Disaster Health and Humanitarian Assistance

Courses and Study Australian courses Graduate Certificate of Disaster Health and Humanitarian Assistance

This flexible course is designed to meet the needs of health professionals and graduates wanting to develop skills and knowledge in the fields of disaster health management, humanitarian assistance and refugee health, in Australia and overseas.

Campus
Townsville
Start dates
February, July
Duration
12 months part-time
Part time available
Study mode
Limited
Prerequisites
AQF Level 7 bachelor degree in a relevant health discipline, form this or another university; or equivalent

Career opportunities

A highly-trained team of health care providers is essential in providing a coordinated and informed response to disaster and refugee health issues. This course is for health professionals and graduates looking to develop the skills and knowledge to work in this field.

Course highlights

James Cook University provides several programs unique to Australia. We have:

  • The Anton Breinl Centre for Public Health and Tropical Medicine is one of the leading tropical research facilities in the world
  • Teaching staff awarded the Australian Learning Teaching Councils’ National Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
  • Mosquito Research Facility
  • Cutting-edge teaching laboratories.

Course overview

Disaster and refugee health issues are relevant to health professionals working in urban environments, rural and remote areas, and developing countries.

How you will study

This course is delivered externally and via limited attendance and block mode study in Townsville.  This course is available part time only.

How to apply

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.

Subjects

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

TM5515:03 Epidemiology for Public Health

TM5536:03 Refugee Health

TM5557:03 Disaster Health Management

TM5563:03 Public Health Leadership and Crisis Management

Pathway into course

Please consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.

Handbook

Graduate Certificate of Disaster Health and Humanitarian Assistance

Course code

76811

Course type

Graduate Certificate (AQF Level 8)

Division

Tropical Heath and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an AQF Level 7 bachelor degree in a relevant health discipline, form this or another university; or

Other qualifications recognised by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine as equivalent to the above; or

Submission, as an exceptional case, of other evidence of professional and academic attainments, including employment for a minimum of five years in health related activities.

Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.  In assessing applications the following will be considered: prior academic performance and prior relevant work experience.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3a Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

12 credit points

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate of Disaster Health and Humanitarian Assistance will be able to:

  • Integrate and apply a specialised body of theoretical and technical knowledge in the discipline of refugee health, with depth in the political, demographic, epidemiological, organisational and cultural factors in the provision of health care in the emergency phase of humanitarian response to refugee crises

  • Integrate and apply a specialised body of theoretical and technical knowledge in the planning and response to disasters across diverse contexts with depth in risk assessment, priorities of care, recovery, resilience, political, ethical, cultural, legal, epidemiological impact, psychological, organisational roles and responsibilities

  • Review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise information, data and evidence to devise appropriate strategies to accurately assess the needs and resources required for humanitarian aid provision in emergency refugee situations

  • Review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise information, data and evidence to devise appropriate strategies to risk assessment, prioritise response, work with a range of organisations, and deliver care in a disaster context

  • Exercise high-level judgment in the design of public health strategies to reduce excess morbidity and mortality in both emergency refugee situations and disasters

  • Communicate theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions through advanced literacy and numeracy skills to specialist and non‐specialist audiences

  • Demonstrate personal autonomy and accountability for their own future personal and professional development and contribute to the professional development of others, by engaging in critical reflective practice in relation to knowledge, skills and attitudes and their application to disaster and refugee health.

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

TM5515:03 Epidemiology for Public Health

TM5536:03 Refugee Health

TM5557:03 Disaster Health Management

TM5563:03 Public Health Leadership and Crisis Management

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Townsville

Some subjects may require limited face-to-face attendance at the Townsville campus

Candidature

Expected time to complete

12 months part-time

Maximum time to complete

3 years

Maximum leave of absence

2 years

Progression

Course progression requisites

Nil

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

No

Special assessment requirements

Nil

Professional accreditation requirements

Nil

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

Not applicable

Maximum allowed

Nil

Currency

Not applicable

Expiry

Not applicable

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Award title

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE OF DISASTER HEALTH AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE

Approved abbreviation

GCertDisasHlthHumAssist

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not include majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.