12th Hospital Emergency Preparedness and Response Course

Date:  22 - 28 Jul 2019

Venue: Bangkok, Thailand




Disasters, natural or human-generated, foreseen or without warning, with intensive or extensive risks, affect people and result to varying health effects and consequences. Survival rates of victims depend on array of factors especially the surge capacity of hospitals and health care facilities to manage the expanded demand of mass casualties for services and resources, as they manage the emergency incident. Cognizant of the need of hospitals to be prepared to ensure continuous operations during and even after a disaster strikes, and in times their services are needed most, a group of experts in the field of health emergency management in Asia have been working with the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) to develop and implement Hospital Emergency Preparedness and Response (HEPR) courses over the years.

The HEPR Course is designed to develop the knowledge and skills of administrative and medical personnel to prepare health care facilities to respond effectively, to ensure continuous operations during or even after disasters, and to recover for better from the impacts of disasters.


The course will enhance the knowledge and skills of participants to equip themselves on emergency planning (for the whole cycle of emergency management for all-hazard concept); reviewing and enhancing their current surge capacity to manage mass casualty-related emergencies; the concepts of hospital emergency management; and on applying knowledge gained on testing and updating emergency management plans and systems.

Upon completion of the course, the participants will be able to:

1. Describe the roles of health care facilities in disaster management

2. Apply tools and processes in preparing for, responding to, and recovering for better from the impacts of emergencies or disasters

3. Discuss the basic requirements of managing the risks and mass casualty incidents with continuous hospital operations

4. Manage a mass casualty incident exercise (preparation, conduct, evaluation)

5. Apply Hospital Emergency Incident Command System (HEICS) in a simulated exercise

6. Apply on-site medical care concepts to specific emergency situations

7. Prepare an outline of health care facility disaster preparedness, response, recovery and business continuity plans.

6. Apply on-site medical care concepts to specific emergency situations

7. Prepare an outline of health care facility disaster preparedness, response, recovery and business continuity plans.


The content of the course includes the following topics and arranged into various lessons:

  • Course Overview
    Managing Pandemics in a Hospital Setting
    Changing Hazards and Disaster Risk Management
    Hospital Emergency Management Systems
    Establishing a "Hospital Safe from Disaster"
    Risk Communication and Handling affected families
    Hospital Surge Capacity Development
    Hospital Security in Crisis
    Hospital Workforce Capacity Development
    Hospital Recovery and Building Resilient Hospital
    Managing Mass Casualty Incidents
    Emergency Management and Business Continuity Planning
    Managing the risks of Mass Casualty Incidents
    Simulation Drill

New Topics

  • Hospital Surge Capacity Development
    Hospital Business Continuity Plan Development
    Building Resilient Hospital for Emergencies
    Establishing a "Hospital Safe from Disasters"

Best Practices

  • Hospital Security in Crisis
    Managing Pandemic in a Hospital Setting
    "Hospital Safe from Disasters"
    Green and Healthy Hospital

Language and teaching methods

The course is currently offered in English only. Extensive reading and participatory learning methods are used. All participants will receive a pre-reading packet of materials before arriving at the course site. Participants should be fluent in reading and speaking English.


Hospital Administrators and medical personnel, government and private, who are involved in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of hospital risk reduction programs and hospital emergency management. The training will include practical guidance on addressing mass casualty management, preparation/updating of hospital emergency preparedness plans, etc. The course will also provide practical application of Hospital Safety Index toolkit.


The trainers are leading international and regional experts with a wide variety of field experience in hospital preparedness and response to emergencies or disasters. Trainers represent a range of backgrounds from government organizations, hospital networks, UN and international agencies, academic and research centers. They all have significant hands on experience and many have taught in the course and/or were involved in designing the curriculum. We aim to have a combination of regional and international experts involved with each course. In addition, we encourage participants to contribute their own experiences to help support the learning of the whole group.


The standard course fee of US$1,675 covers course tuition, registration fee, training materials, field visit and training kit.

Participants will be responsible for their own travel expenses and arrangements, accommodation, airport transfers, visa application, all meals, health and accident insurance, and other personal expenses.

Discounted accommodation can be arranged by ADPC.


Interested persons can apply as individuals although preference will be given to those sponsored by an organization. The application can be submitted online at


If you are selected to attend the course, the payment should be transferred to ADPC’s account through bank transfer not later than 22 June 2019. Otherwise, your participation will be cancelled. Please note that personal checks are not accepted as a form of payment.


If you are unable to attend, a substitute applicant is welcome to attend in your place, provided the participation criteria have been met.

Cancellation of attendance should be notified at least three (3) weeks prior to course commencement; in which case, 15% of the course fee will be deducted for banking charges and administrative costs. No refunds are available for cancellation within three (3) weeks prior to course commencement.

It is also important to note that the course has a requirement for a minimum number of participants. If an insufficient number of applications have been received by 22 June 2019, ADPC reserves the right to cancel the course for the current year. Candidates who have already been accepted will be informed as soon as the decision is taken, and offered a place in the following year if desired.


Please contact:

Health Risk Management Department

Asian Disaster Preparedness Center

Tel: +66 2 298 0682-92 | Fax: +66 2 298 0012-13
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