11th Regional Course on Hospital Emergency Preparedness and Response

Date:  21 - 25 Aug 2017

Venue: Bangkok, Thailand



Course overview and objectives

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 an 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 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.

Course curriculum

The HEPR course is delivered using adult learning techniques with emphasis on interactive lecture discussions, group exercises, workshops, plenary sessions, group brain-storming, sharing of experiences and lessons learned, scenario-based group exercises and simulation exercise or drill.

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

New Topics

- Hospital Surge Capacity Development
- Hospital Business Continuity Plan Development
- Building Resilient Hospital to Emergencies
- Establishing a 'Hospital Safe from Disasters'

Best Practices

- Hospital Security in Crisis
- Managing Pandemic in a Hospital Setting
- 'Hospital Safe from Disasters'

Target participants

The course is intended for health care facility staff, managers and administrators, who are responsible for hospital emergency planning, or any emergencies involving mass casualties that require the major resources of a hospital.


Resource persons are experienced medical doctors, hospital administrators, professors and other allied medical professionals actively involved in the field of emergency management. They come from reputable institutions in Asia, both from the government and private sector. Their line of specialization ranges from Trauma Care of Disaster Victims, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Emergency Medicine, Hospital Management and Structural Safety.


The course is currently offered in English only, and 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.


To apply to the course, you are asked to fill in the course application form and submit it together with your resume to . If you have received the application from in a printed format, please return it to ADPC by fax or regular postal mail.

The deadline of applications is 1 November 2016. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the course is full, and you will be notified if you have been accepted to the course. Once the registration process has been completed, you will receive more information regarding the course and logistics. Please apply at least one month prior to the date of the course.


If you are unable to attend, a substitute applicant is welcome to attend in your place. Cancellation of attendance should be notified at least three weeks prior to course commencement, in which case a partial refund will be granted where 15% of the fee is deducted for banking charges and administrative costs. No refunds are available for cancellation within three weeks prior to course commencement.

Course fee

Course Package A: USD2,000 with accommodation and breakfast
Course Package B: USD1,575 without accommodation and breakfast

Fees cover the tuition fee, daily meeting package with lunch and refreshments, non-refundable registration fee of USD250, training kit, and all course materials. Participants are responsible for all of their accommodation, travel expenses and incidentals such as medical insurance, laundry, personal phone calls, faxes, internet, and shipping of personal items.

Contact information

Mr. John Abo
Program Manager, Public Health in Emergencies Asian Disaster Preparedness Center