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Self-study courses in English

Review copies of UWDMC self-study courses are available here as downloadable PDFs.


Aim and Scope of Disaster Management

2 CEU
0 assignments/1 exam
$200
Prerequisite: None

A basic UW-DMC course that defines the scope and objectives of the field of disaster management, looks at concepts and terms, differentiates between natural disaster assistance and refugee operations, examines tools and methods, and looks at some technology appropriate to the field. The self-study course consists of five lessons with self-graded examinations and one university-graded examination.

Materials: Aim and Scope of Disaster Management, by Disaster Management Center, 1987. (Cost included in course fee.)
C280-AA02


Principles of Management

3.5 CEU
0 assignments/1 exam
$235
Prerequisite: None

A basic UW-DMC course that provides an overview of management from a disaster and emergency standpoint, looking at issues such as program planning, decision making, information management, program supervision, monitoring and control, personnel, and leadership. It also examines issues such as motivation, group dynamics, managing work groups, structure and organizations, and criteria for addressing a program. The self-study course consists of 15 lessons with self-graded examinations and one university-graded examination.

Materials: Principles of Management, by Disaster Management Center, 1987. (Cost included in course fee.)
C280-AA04


Natural Hazards: Causes and Effects

3 CEU
0 assignments/1 exam
$230
Prerequisite: None

A basic UW-DMC course that examines in detail the physical characteristics, geographic distribution, impact, response, and mitigation of natural hazards such as earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, tropical cyclones, floods, drought, desertification, and deforestation. The self-study course consists of nine lessons with self-graded examinations and one university-graded examination.

Materials: Natural Hazards: Causes and Effects, by Disaster Management Center, 1987. (Cost included in course fee.)
C280-BB02


Disaster Preparedness

2.5 CEU
0 assignments/1 exam
$225
Prerequisite: None

A look at the prerequisites for preparedness planning, action plans and procedures, training issues and models, preparedness roles and responsibilities, public awareness and warnings, as well as providing preparedness action plans and checklists. The self-study course consists of eight lessons with self-graded examinations and one university-graded examination.

Materials: Disaster Preparedness, by Disaster Management Center, 1987. (Cost included in course fee.)
C280-BB04


Damage and Needs Assessment

3 CEU
0 assignments/1 exam
$230
Prerequisite: None

An examination of common approaches to disaster assessment and a look at assessment teams, survey methods, tools, and techniques. The course covers procedures for handling emergency supplies and services, housing, agriculture, lifelines, and droughts and famines, including the establishment of surveillance systems after a disaster. The self-study course consists of 12 lessons with self-graded examinations and one university-graded examination.

Materials: Damage and Needs Assessment, by Disaster Management Center, 1987. (Cost included in course fee.)
C280-BB06


Disaster Response

3 CEU
0 assignments/1 exam
$230
Prerequisite: None

A look at disaster-response planning, roles and responsibilities, initial emergency operations, emergency operations by sector, emergency operations support and management, and recovery and rehabilitation. The self-study course consists of 10 lessons with self-graded examinations and one university-graded examination.

Materials: Disaster Response, by Disaster Management Center, 1987. (Cost included in course fee.)
C280-BB08


Environmental Health Management after Natural Disaster

2 CEU
0 assignments/1 exam
$200
Prerequisite: None

A look at the effects of natural disasters on environmental health, at pre-disaster health measures, at measures to be taken during the disaster and in the aftermath, and at rehabilitation measures. The course also examines factors to consider for effective management. The self-study course consists of five lessons with self-graded examinations and one university-graded examination.

Materials: Environmental Health Management after Natural Disasters, by Pan American Health Organization, Scientific Publication no. 430, 1982. (Cost included in course fee.)
C280-BC02


Health Services Organization in the Event of Disaster

2 CEU
0 assignments/1 exam
$200
Prerequisite: None

A look at the organization of first-level care at the disaster site, rural health services for disaster situations, the implementation of a disaster plan in a health care facility, and methods for updating and evaluating hospital disaster management plans. The self-study course consists of seven lessons with self-graded examinations and one university-graded examination.

Materials: Health Services Organization in the Event of Disaster, by Pan American Health Organization, Scientific Publication no. 443. (Cost included in course fee.)
C280-BC04


Emergency Health Management after Natural Disaster

2.5 CEU
0 assignments/1 exam
$225
Prerequisite: None

An overview of the effects of disaster on health and an examination of the issues in disaster preparedness, coordination of national
relief activities, the management of mass casualties, and epidemiologic surveillance and disease control. Topics such as food and nutrition, temporary settlements, communications and transport, management of health relief supplies, management of international relief assistance, and the re-establishment of normal programs are also covered. The self-study course consists of 12 lessons with self-graded examinations and one university-graded examination.

Materials: Emergency Health Management after Natural Disaster, by Pan American Health Organization, Scientific Publication no. 407, 1981. (Cost included in course fee.)
C280-BC06


Epidemiologic Surveillance after Natural Disaster

2 CEU
0 assignments/1 exam
$200
Prerequisite: None

An overview of risk factors for communicable diseases after disasters, a look a post-disaster potential for communicable disease epidemics, and an examination of methods for setting up systems for the surveillance of communicable and selected noncommunicable diseases. The operational aspects of the control of communicable diseases after disasters are also covered. The self-study course consists of five lessons with self-graded examinations and one university-graded examination.

Materials: Epidemiologic Surveillance after Natural Disaster, by Pan American Health Organization, Scientific Publication no. 420. (Cost included in course fee.)
C280-BC08


Emergency Vector Control after Natural Disaster

2.5 CEU
0 assignments/1 exam
$225
Prerequisite: None

A look at three broad areas: disaster preparedness, control measures for specific vectors, and general control actions. The course examines issues such as contingency plans, vector- and rodent-related diseases, program management, pesticides and pesticide application, surveillance, and evaluation. This self-study course consists of 14 lessons with self-graded examinations and one university-graded examination.

Materials: Emergency Vector Control after Natural Disaster, by Pan American Health Organization, Scientific Publication no. 419. (Cost included in course fee.)
C280-BC10


Health Education and Training of Refugee Health Workers

3 CEU
0 assignments/1 exam
$230
Prerequisite: None

A basic DMC refugee track course that looks at the establishment of primary health care programs for displaced populations. Programs include health education, environmental health, nutrition and special feeding, oral rehyrdation therapy, child immunization and communicable disease control. The course covers planning and evaluation of health education programs, training refugee health workers and the suggested content for such training. The self-study course consists of 11 lessons with self-graded examinations and one university-graded examination.

Materials: Health Education and Training of Refugee Health Workers, by Disaster Management Center, 1994. (Cost included in course fee.)
C280-BC16


Disasters and Development

2.5 CEU
0 assignments/1 exam
Fee: $225
Prerequisite: None

This course introduces the relationship between disasters and development. This idea has grown within the development community and forms the basis for the United Nations Disaster Management Training Programme (DMTP). You will learn about the different economic impacts of disasters caused by different hazards, the methods and tools for analyzing potential investment decisions in hazard-prone areas and the mitigation benefits of alternative development strategies. The course will also explore environmental management, sustainable development and the roles of communities, governments, non-governmental organizations and the United Nations in promoting development in the context of disasters. The self-study course consists of five lessons with self-graded examinations and one university-graded examination.

Materials: Disasters and Development, by Disaster Management Center, 1998. (Cost included in course fee.)
C280-DD02


Disaster Risk Reduction

2.5 CEU
0 assignments/1 exam
Fee: $225
Prerequisite: None

This introductory course is specifically designed to expose a broad range of stakeholders to the basic principles of disaster risk reduction. This includes enhancing stakeholder awareness, providing disaster risk management information, teaching disaster risk reduction strategies, and utilizing information, tools, instruments to expand your knowledge and experience. The course will also explore sustainable development, risk transfer & financing and the roles of communities, governments and non-governmental organizations in promoting risk reduction activities. The self-study course consists of seven lessons with self-graded examinations and one university-graded examination.

Materials: Disaster Risk Reduction, by Disaster Management Center, 2009. (Cost included in course fee.)
C280-DD04


Contingency Planning

2 CEU
0 assignments/1 exam $225
Prerequisite: None

A course which examines the contingency planning process and the advantages and limitations of planning exercises, with possible mechanisms for initiating the contingency planning process also described. Provides a selection of tools useful for contingency planning exercises. Covers scenario generation, needs projection, resource assessment, and the identification of service gaps. Presents an example of a contingency planning process, referring to the principles and tools that may be used to develop each component of the plan.

Materials: Contingency Planning, by UNHCR Emergency Preparedness and Response Section in collaboration with InterWorks and the UWDMC, 2000. (Cost included in course fee.)
EP01


Planning an Emergency Response

2 CEU
0 assignments/1 exam
Fee: $225
Prerequisite: None

A course which provides an overview of planning concepts and definitions of planning terminology as used in UNHCR. Goes through the initial conceptual steps of thinking about planning through assessing the situation being planned for, setting planning objectives, and developing activities to support those objectives. Includes coordinating the planning process, and developing detailed timelines, diagrams and flow charts to support and communicate the key points of the plan.

Materials: Planning an Emergency Response, by UNHCR Emergency Preparedness and Response Section in collaboration with InterWorks and the UWDMC, 2000. (Cost included in course fee.)
EP02


Managing an Emergency Response

2 CEU
0 assignments/1 exam
Fee: $225
Prerequisite: None

A course devoted to the specific management context of refugee emergencies in a broad sense. Focuses on management theory as related to mass displacement emergencies, strategies, and analytical techniques, appropriate in the context of international humanitarian emergency response. Provides some insights from traditional management theory as well as emergency field experience on ways to prepare yourself to be a better emergency manager.

Materials: Managing an Emergency Response, by UNHCR Emergency Preparedness and Response Section in collaboration with InterWorks and the UWDMC, 2000. (Cost included in course fee.)
EP03


Managing External Relations in an Emergency

2 CEU
0 assignments/1 exam
Fee: $225
Prerequisite: None

A course for the disaster professional to help identify a network of relevant contacts and to build and maintain constructive relations, seeking to further UNHCR and/or operational objectives in innovative and creative ways which are also sensitive to the political and social environment. Includes introduction to external relations, negotiation and facilitation skills, and funding.

Materials: Managing External Relations in an Emergency, by UNHCR Emergency Preparedness and Response Section in collaboration with InterWorks and the UWDMC, 2000. (Cost included in course fee.)
EP04


Designing Participatory Workshops

2.5 CEU
0 assignments/1 exam
Fee: $225
Prerequisite: None

A course designed for those who have some experience facilitating or leading workshops and who are looking for ways to make them more engaging and effective. This learning module will provide you with in-depth insight and many practical tips for designing, organizing and managing workshops that will engage your participants in a more participatory way. Following the guidance in this module will help you run more effective trainings in which your workshop participants will achieve their learning objectives while enjoying the process more. The self-study course consists of nine lessons with self-graded examinations and one university-graded examination.

Materials: Designing Participatory Workshops, by UNHCR eCentre in collaboration with InterWorks and the UWDMC, 2011. (Cost included in course fee.)
EP05


Providing Emergency Support and Advice

2 CEU
0 assignments/1 exam
Fee: $225
Prerequisite: None

A course providing an overview of the need for better emergency training, support and advice, some of the options for meeting those needs, and a system for assessing what kinds of staff development options different people need and suggestions for improved communication skills.

Materials: Providing Emergency Support and Advice, by UNHCR Emergency Preparedness and Response Section in collaboration with InterWorks and the UWDMC, 2000. (Cost included in course fee.)
EP06


Coordination

2 CEU
0 assignments/1 exam
Fee: $225
Prerequisite: None

This course examines the basic need for and constraints to the coordination of international humanitarian response. Several of the existing coordination arrangements established within the UN system and among other actors are also examined. Advice is provided in practical analysis of existing coordination arrangements with a look at some of the lessons learned from previous coordination experiences.

Materials: Coordination, by UNHCR eCentre and ESS in collaboration with InterWorks and the UWDMC, 2003. (Cost included in course fee.)
EP07


Security Risk Management

3 CEU
0 assignments/1 exam
Fee: $230
Prerequisite: None

This course is designed for learners who have some experience with humanitarian field work and want to learn more about managing security for themselves and their co-workers in insecure field environments. While much of the guidance and protocols described in this course are based on the United Nations' and UNHCR's security guidelines in particular, the advice presented is of a general nature and should be valuable for any humanitarian or development worker in any insecure or dangerous field environment. The self-study course consists of twelve lessons with self-graded examinations and one university-graded examination.

Materials: Security Risk Management, by UNHCR eCentre in collaboration with InterWorks and the UWDMC, 2011. (Cost included in course fee.) EP08
EP07