Disaster Medicine

Course Overview
Target Audience
Course Objectives

This module focuses on the medical aspects of disaster management, with an emphasis on prehospital care and triage. It covers patient assessment, treatment priorities, and resource management in disaster situations.

Faculty: Disaster Management
Course Name: Disaster Medicine
Course Code:  DMDM
8 Hours
Mode: Face-to-face
Level: Professional

Prerequisites: Participants must be at least 18 years of age to attend and have completed Crisis Communication within the last six months.

Packaging: This course is delivered over one (1) day.

Instructional Strategies: 
This course combines lecture-based instruction with practical application. Instructional strategies include pre-reading, lectures, discussions, demonstrations, practical application, simulation, and presentations.

Effort Breakdown: 4 lecture hours, 4 practical hours

Certification: Participants receive a certificate of attedance.


  1. Prehospital interface and patient transport considerations
  2. Triage principles and practices in disaster settings
  3. Treatment priorities based on mass casualty incident (MCI) triage
  4. Psychological first aid and mental health support in disasters
  5. Management of specific medical issues in disasters
  6. Coordination with local authorities

The Disaster Management Professional Certification Course is designed for professionals involved in emergency management and disaster response. This course provides a comprehensive overview of disaster management principles and practices, with a focus on developing practical skills for responding to disasters in various settings. Ideal participants for this course include:

  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Personnel: Professionals involved in providing prehospital care and emergency medical services.
  • Emergency Medicine Specialists: Physicians and healthcare professionals specializing in emergency medicine.
  • Government and Council Officials: Government officials responsible for disaster preparedness, response, and recovery efforts.
  • Private Industry Representatives: Professionals working in industries that may be impacted by disasters, such as utilities, tourism, transportation, manufacturing, supply chain, large malls, schools and universities, and healthcare.

The Disaster Management Professional Certification Course offers a unique opportunity to enhance your knowledge and skills in disaster management, equipping you with the tools to effectively respond to disasters in your respective roles. Whether you are a healthcare provider, government official, or private sector representative, this course will provide you with the necessary training to contribute to a coordinated and effective disaster response effort.

On successful completion of the course, participants should be able to:

  1. Evaluate prehospital interface and patient transport considerations in disaster settings, including the implementation of triage protocols and transportation logistics.
  2. Apply triage principles and practices in disaster settings, including the use of triage tags and categorization of patients based on severity of injuries.
  3. Prioritize treatment based on mass casualty incident (MCI) triage, including the identification of life-saving interventions and effective resource allocation.
  4. Implement psychological first aid and provide mental health support in disasters, including strategies for addressing trauma and stress reactions in survivors and responders.
  5. Manage specific medical issues commonly encountered in disasters, such as crush injuries, burns, and infectious diseases, considering the unique challenges posed by disaster settings.
  6. Coordinate with local health authorities and medical facilities to ensure continuity of care for disaster victims, including the transfer of patients and sharing of resources in emergency situations.


  1. Attendance Requirement: 100% attendance is mandatory to pass the course. Reasonable adjustments will be made where practicable.
  2. Physical Fitness Requirement: A certain level of fitness and strength is necessary to fulfill duties in emergency situations. Failure based on physical criteria is not discriminatory but practical for the role's demands.
  3. Practical Assessments: Formative and summative practical assessments are conducted throughout the course. Summative assessments include simulations and mini-codes. Competent performance of all skills is essential to pass.

Note: The assessment criteria aim to ensure a comprehensive evaluation of both theoretical and practical competencies, promoting a well-rounded and capable Disaster Management Provider.

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