Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
OfferedAlfred Hospital Term 1 2015 (On-campus block of classes)
Coordinator(s)Professor Mike Toole and Dr Ben Coghlan


Public health consequences of complex humanitarian emergencies involving armed conflict, population displacement, food scarcity and an outline of the critical public health interventions in these settings.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. analyse the casual factors of public health emergencies related to conflict and population displacement;
  2. identify the major public health and nutrition priorities in humanitarian crises;
  3. develop relevant public health assessment and response skills in emergency settings;
  4. recognise the need for a multisectoral approach to reducing the health impact of emergencies.


Short answer examination (50%)
Written assignment (50%)

Workload requirements

7 day intensive block.

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Chief examiner(s)


Either MPH5040 and MPH5041 or MPH5020.

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