Key features

In this module you will examine the organisational and ethical issues surrounding healthcare provision in response to humanitarian emergencies. You will analyse current practices and identify innovative approaches that promote sustainable management programmes to aid the post-disaster recovery process. By evaluating the history of the humanitarian movement and factors affecting the current delivery of national and international aid programmes, this modules aims to review potential strategies for implementing sustainable healthcare programmes in LMICs.
Module code




FHEQ Level 

Level 7 – masters degree


Blended learning approach with face to face delivery at Plymouth 

Module details

Learning outcomes
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the causes of natural and human-induced emergencies and the associated impacts on health and wellbeing, on an individual, local and national level.
  • Evaluate the role of the global community in the facilitation of ethical humanitarian aid across the disaster management cycle (Response, Recovery, Mitigation, Preparedness).
  • Examine and appraise the current international frameworks and standards for healthcare provision during an emergency.
  • Review health system strengthening strategies following a humanitarian response and identify innovative models for sustainable healthcare programmes.
Summary of module content 
  • A history of international humanitarian emergency healthcare provision. 
  • Motivational and ethical dilemmas of a humanitarian response.
  • Sudden onset disasters and disaster epidemiology. 
  • Conflict and displacement.
  • Injury and illness during the response and recovery phases.
  • A review of the current systems of health care management across the disaster management cycle.
  • Key stakeholders in the management of a humanitarian response.
  • Frameworks and standards for healthcare provision during an emergency.
  • The ethical dilemmas and politics of humanitarian aid.
  • Post disaster health system strengthening in LMIC countries.

Admissions information 

Additional information and documentation required for the application process.
  • Application forms. 
  • Change of name forms.
  • Pre-course information.
  • Downloadable guides.
  • Student card.
Admissions information Additional information and documentation required for the application process.Access to application forms, download guides and confirmation information. Visit our admissions homepage.

Module dates

31 May – 7 June 2023. Presentation 4 July 2023. 
Occasionally delivery dates might be subject to change - always check with the module lead or Professional Development Unit.
Please be aware that all modules run to minimum numbers.
In the event that there are low numbers, this module may be rescheduled to an alternative date.
Some modules are also subject to maximum numbers.

Entry requirements

You will normally be a healthcare professional with a first degree or a related academic degree. BSc (Hons) at 2:2 or above, or European first cycle equivalent. Clinicians without a degree but with appropriate experience may be eligible to apply. Overseas students require IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent required.


The fees for this module are £1,100.

Module lead

The lead for this module is Matthew Griggs
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You can contact the Professional Development Unit with any queries

Prospective student enquiries:
Current student enquiries:
Professional Development Unit, Level 4 Rolle Building, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA, United Kingdom.
Monday – Thursday 8:30–17:00 and Friday 8:30–16:30.