Human security is an emerging paradigm in the global healthcare community that can be applied to guide local and global public health practices. It can also provide a basis to link up related themes under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Through various real-life case studies and practical applications, this course will provide participants with an understanding of how the human security and health security concepts are applied in public health practices, especially under emergencies and disasters. The challenges with putting the human security concept into operation will also be explored.


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

  • Understand the fundamental principles, components, and framework of human security;
  • Apply the human security and health security concepts in analyzing various policies, agendas, and interventions relating to global health;
  • Assess the health security needs in various types of emergencies and disasters, such as WASH and health action;
  • Diagnose the underlying causes of global health threats such as emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases and climate change; and
  • Appreciate the strengths and challenges of a human security approach to health.

List of Lectures

  1. Introduction: The Concepts of Human Security
  2. What is Health Security
  3. Human Security and Emergencies
  4. Human Health Security and Disasters
  5. Global Infectious Disease
  6. Practical Application and Challenges of Implementing the Human Security Approach