University of South Wales

University of South Wales

Disaster Healthcare

This distinctive masters in Disaster Healthcare is the only course of its kind and is aimed at experienced healthcare professionals working in the humanitarian field, or those who aspire to do so. A key element of this disaster healthcare degree is its strong international and trans-cultural focus. This degree involves studying via distance learning, plus an annual two-week residential Summer School at the beginning of the course. You will study the key areas of theory and practice that are relevant to healthcare in complex humanitarian disasters, from resilience and response to mitigation and recovery. The course will prepare you to provide high quality care to vulnerable populations in conflict zones, and disaster emergencies through humanitarian assistance. You will also develop your knowledge on how to reduce disaster risks and improve public health.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have an:
•Honours degree or
•a postgraduate diploma in a relevant subject or
•a recognised equivalent qualification.

IELTS 6.5 is required for non-English speakers.

Applications are welcome from healthcare and social welfare professionals, community health workers, NGO staff, healthcare managers and logisticians.

Usual accreditation of prior and experiential learning (APEL)/accreditation of prior and certificated learning (APCL) requirements apply.

Course modules

Year One
•Summer School (14 days attendance required).
•Personal Preparation for Disasters
•Principles and Concepts in Disasters
•Protecting Public Health in Disasters

You can exit the course in year one with a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert).

Year Two
•Professional Development for Disaster
•Evidence-based Practice in Disasters
•Promoting Public Health

You can exit the course in year two with a Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip).

Year Three
•Professional Practice in Disasters
•Researching and Evaluating Disasters

Assessment methods

Modules are assessed throughout the course using essays, research proposals and field work study; field placements scheduled for August/ September form a central and compulsory feature of the award structure.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc On-line study August 2017 - 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Distance learning/Online

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