Taught course

Disaster Medicine

Institution
University of Central Lancashire · School of Medicine
Qualifications
MScPGDipPGCert

Entry requirements

  • Must hold a medically related qualification or have completed the penultimate year of a medical degree (e.g. intercalating medical students will have completed year 4 of a 5-year medical degree or year 3 of a 4-year medical degree) or relevant professional qualification for example as paramedic, ODP, nurse etc or have equivalent relevant experience e.g. from the armed forces.
  • Have sufficient competency in English language (IELTS Level 6.5 or equivalent)

Applicants without the standard entry requirements, but with relevant experience, such as those from the armed forces, may be considered.

All suitable applicants may be interviewed. Interview procedures and decisions regarding applications will be conducted within the University’s policies on equal opportunities and admissions.

Months of entry

September

Course content

The MSc Disaster Medicine is for healthcare professionals who want to work as part of a disaster response team, not only delivering but planning and co-ordinating healthcare in the challenging environment of disaster and conflict. It will especially appeal to emergency and urgent care professionals (doctors, nurses, paramedics and other healthcare professionals) who would like to expand the scope of their skills to include disaster response. It will also appeal to healthcare professionals in other disciplines, who are considering venturing into this exciting and expanding field of Disaster Medicine.

Delivering healthcare to communities affected by disasters, be they natural or man-made, is an aspect of healthcare that is both demanding and immensely rewarding. It requires specific skills and expertise that would enable healthcare professionals to adapt and respond to the need of the affected communities at a time when they are most vulnerable. Our course will provide participants with the necessary skills to deal with aspects of healthcare delivery in a disaster, from advance planning, to immediate response, to healthcare in the medium-to-long-term. In addition, it covers the complex logistical, legal and ethical issues, as well as an overview of the principles of disaster management.

Learning Environment and Assessment

The course will be delivered in mixed mode, both online and on campus, allowing students to study either full-time or part-time whilst practising. The team who have written this programme have extensive experience as Doctors in the UK and in disaster conditions. They have drawn upon their expertise and experience to develop a programme which will underpin professional practice in extreme conditions.

The teaching team will offer skills, experience and inspiration in this specialist field. The team is led by Dr Ayman Jundi, a Consultant in Emergency Medicine of 20+ years of experience. He brings along his hard-earned, hands-on experience in disaster management, gained through his work with a charity delivering medical care in a conflict zone.

Opportunities

Designed by medical professionals with experience in disaster and conflict medicine, this course will prepare participants for work in disaster environments - not only preparing them for enhanced delivery of healthcare in a disaster zone, but also providing them with the skills required to plan, manage and deliver a medical programme under these conditions, with consideration for ethical, legal and logistical issues.

Healthcare professional will find the skills and knowledge gained on this course very useful, whether they seek a short-term deployment to a disaster zone, or they go for employment with international relief agencies and organisations.

Intercalating medical students could use this qualification as the foundation for further study and practice following qualification.

Skills gained on the programme will be transferable to many aspects of emergency medicine practice.

Fees and funding

UK students
https://www.uclan.ac.uk/study_here/fees_and_finance/uk-eu-tuition-fees.php
International students
https://www.uclan.ac.uk/study_here/fees_and_finance/international_tuition_fees.php

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Course Enquiries
Email
cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk
Phone
01772 892400