Jul 3 3 – 7 July 2017 at the Chinese University of Hong Kong

Croucher Summer Courses

Every summer the Croucher Foundation funds short courses that aim to educate and inspire postgraduate students and early career researchers from Hong Kong an...

Research Methodology for Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response

This five-day intensive residential summer course will introduce participants to the methods and tools for conducting research and designing evidence-based intervention to address medical needs in the context of humanitarian emergencies.

Disaster and population based emergencies often result in significant impacts on people’s health, including the loss of many lives. Every crisis is with its specific public health threat and presents challenges for health risk management.

Participants will have the opportunity network with expert members and peers through interactive discussions. They will receive technical training in research methods and analytical tools to examine and design evidence-based intervention to address medical needs in the context of humanitarian emergencies.  Hot topics in disaster risk reduction such as the Sendai Framework and Sustainable Development Goals will be discussed, as well as practical skills in implementing and applying field research findings.

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

1. Gain knowledge about health risk, impact and outcomes associated with various types of disasters;
2. Understand the current knowledge and research gap in health impact and risk of disasters;
3. Apply epidemiological techniques to examine the health impacts of disasters and conflicts;
4. Identify predicting factors associated with human health outcomes after disasters; and
5. Comprehend multi-sectoral programme planning and evaluation activities related to post-disaster health response.


The five-day course includes lectures, tutorials and presentations. Students will be required to complete the online courses of 'Public Health Principles in Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response' and 'Research Methodology for Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response' that CCOUC developed prior to the start of the course. Student evaluation will be based on attendance and group presentation on the last day of the course.

Target Applicants

The Course targets the following cohorts demonstrating keen research interest in disaster and humanitarian context:

  • Post-graduates (health & non-health sectors), with preference given to doctoral degree holders;
  • Early career researchers; and
  • Experienced practitioners and policy-makers with research responsibility.

Classes will be taught in English. English proficiency is required.


Applications through online system (http://www.ccouc.ox.ac.uk/croucher-course), must be received by 16 April 2017.

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A Croucher Summer Course in partnership with the Chinese University of Hong Kong.