This course will introduce the basic concepts of health and public health and core principles for public health practice. These core concepts and principles are fundamental for developing and implementing health interventions in health emergency and disaster risk management (Health- EDRM) at global level. In this course, public health practice is categorised into three major domains: health protection, health promotion and health service provision. Each domain will be explained in lecture 3, 4 & 5 with relevant principles, models and theories to help understand how public health interventions and policies are developed and implemented. Lecture 5 & 6 will illustrate major threats to global health, diseases and disasters, in order to highlight the increasing needs for global efforts to fight against various health challenges. 


Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • Understand the basic principles and concepts for health and public health
  • Gain knowledge of the basic principles of public health interventions which are essential in disaster and humanitarian crisis
  • Grasp the three main spheres of public health and how they are practiced to protect and promote population health
  • Develop a good understanding of global health threats in relation to Health-EDRM and needs for public health interventions 

List of Lectures

  1. Health and Public Health
  2. Health Protection
  3. Health Improvement
  4. Health Service Provision
  5. Threats to Global Health Part 1: Communicable & Non-Communicable Diseases
  6. Threats to Global Health Part 2: Disasters