11th Course on Public Health in Complex Emergencies

Date:  16 - 28 Mar 2015

Venue: Bangkok, Thailand


Who should take this course?

  • + NGO/PVO staff who are responsible now (or may be in the near future) for making decisions that affect the health of refugees and internally displaced persons.
  • + District medical officers and other Ministry of Health staff working in regions affected by complex emergencies.
  • + Staff from international and governmental organizations instrumental in planning services for people affected by complex emergencies.
  • + Medical Coordinators, Health Coordinators, Program Managers and District Medical Officers from international and national health organizations are typical candidates for the course.

What makes this training program different?

Field staff from humanitarian, international and academic organizations have developed the curriculum specifically to meet the needs of NGO/PVO organizations working in complex emergencies. This course is truly “of the field, by the field and for the field.” Preference will be given to participants currently working in emergency situations. Participants are expected to meet with their supervisors prior to attending the course to discuss an action plan for applying their new skills and knowledge. A structured exercise during the course will help to finalize these plans. Participants will be contacted months later and will be requested to report on their progress.

What is the cost?

• Course Package A US$2,575 without accommodation and breakfast
• Course Package B US$3,555 with accommodation and breakfast
• Both fees (A & B) cover the tuition fee, daily meeting package with lunch and refreshments, non-refundable registration fee of US$250, training kit and all course materials. Participants are also responsible for all of their travel expenses and incidentals such as medical insurance, laundry, personal phone calls, faxes, internet, and shipping of personal items from the course. Please refer to the Course Application Form for more details.

In the past, some participants have secured financial aid from ministries of health, UN agencies, donor organizations and private sources.

Course Accreditation

The PHCE Course has been accredited by the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) Asia Council based in Singapore ( earning training credit towards the IAEM’s Certified Emergency Manager´┐Ż credential as follows: 21 hours for Emergency Management and 4 hours for General Management with a total of 25 hours credit.

Language and teaching methods

The course is currently offered in English only. Extensive reading and participatory learning methods are used. Participants will receive pre-reading materials before arriving at the course site. An interactive simulation exercise on the last day gives participants an opportunity to use the skills and knowledge learned during the course. Participants should be fluent in reading and speaking English.

What is the application procedure?

It is best to apply electronically and email your applications to Applications should be submitted as soon as possible and the deadline for course registration/confirmation will be on 27 February 2015. Participants will be accepted on a rolling basis until the course is full. Course organizers will review applications and we will let you know as soon as possible if you have been accepted onto the course. Upon registration and receipt of payment, applicants will receive detailed information concerning pre-arrival preparation.

For further queries, please contact:

Janette Lauza-Ugsang
Senior Project Manager
Public Health in Emergencies
Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC)
979/69, 24th Floor, SM Tower
Samsen Nai, Phayathai Road, Bangkok 10400
Tel: (66-2) 298-0681 ext. 404
Fax: (66-2) 298-0012 (Attn: PHCE)

Special acknowledgement and thanks to the following organizations:

Action Against Hunger, American University of Beirut (Lebanon), AMREF-Uganda, American Red Cross, American Refugee Committee, Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (Bangkok), CARE, Catholic Relief Services, Center for Culture, Ethnicity and Health (Australia), Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Doctors of the World, Institute of Public Health-Uganda, InterAction, International Aid, International Medical Corps, International
Rescue Committee, Mercy Corps, Macfarlane Burnet Centre for Medical Research (Melbourne, Australia), Medecins Sans Frontieres, MERLIN, Peace Corps, RedR, Relief International, Save the Children, Shoklo Malaria Research Unit, Transcultural Psychosocial Organization, United Nations High Commission for Refugees, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance/USAID, Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children, World Education, Inc., World Food Program, World Health Organization, World Vision