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Graduate Certificate of Disaster and Refugee Health

Course Description

What is disaster and refugee health?

Disaster and refugee health issues are relevant to health professionals working in urban environments, rural and remote areas, and developing countries.

Who is this course for?

A highly-trained team of health care providers is essential in providing a coordinated and informed response to disaster and refugee health issues. This course is for health professionals and graduates looking to develop the skills and knowledge to work in this field.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate of Disaster and Refugee Health will be able to:
*Integrate and apply a specialised body of theoretical and technical knowledge in the discipline of refugee health, with depth in the political, demographic, epidemiological, organisational and cultural factors in the provision of health care in the emergency phase of humanitarian response to refugee crises
*Integrate and apply a specialised body of theoretical and technical knowledge in the planning and response to disasters across diverse contexts with depth in risk assessment, priorities of care, recovery, resilience, political, ethical, cultural, legal, epidemiological impact, psychological, organisational roles and responsibilities
*Review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise information, data and evidence to devise appropriate strategies to accurately assess the needs and resources required for humanitarian aid provision in emergency refugee situations
*Review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise information, data and evidence to devise appropriate strategies to risk assessment, prioritise response, work with a range of organisations, and deliver care in a disaster context
*Exercise high-level judgment in the design of public health strategies to reduce excess morbidity and mortality in both emergency refugee situations and disasters
*Communicate theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions through advanced literacy and numeracy skills to specialist and non‐specialist audiences
*Demonstrate personal autonomy and accountability for their own future personal and professional development and contribute to the professional development of others, by engaging in critical reflective practice in relation to knowledge, skills and attitudes and their application to disaster and refugee health.

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Entry requirements (Additional)

English band level 3a - the minimum English Language test scores you need are:
*IELTS – 7.0 (no component lower than 6.5), OR
*TOEFL – 577 (plus minimum Test of Written English score of 5.5), OR
*TOEFL (internet based) – 100 (minimum writing score of 23), OR
*Pearson (PTE Academic) - 72

If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be given the opportunity to take an English program to improve your skills in addition to an offer to study a degree at JCU. The JCU degree offer will be conditional upon the student gaining a certain grade in their English program. This combination of courses is called a packaged offer.
JCU’s English language provider is Union Institute of Languages (UIL). UIL have teaching centres on both the Townsville and Cairns campuses.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3a – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Why JCU?

James Cook University provides several programs unique to Australia. We have:
*The Anton Breinl Centre for Public Health and Tropical Medicine is one of the leading tropical research facilities in the world
*teaching staff awarded the Australian Learning Teaching Councils’ National Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
*brand new Mosquito Research Facility
*cutting-edge teaching laboratories.

Application deadlines

*1st February for commencement in semester one (February)
*1st July for commencement in semester two (mid-year/July)

Visit the Graduate Certificate of Disaster and Refugee Health page on the James Cook University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Completion of an AQF Level 7 medical or nursing Bachelor Degree or recognised professional qualification; orOther qualifications or practical experience recognised by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Troppical Health and Medicine as equivalent to the above.

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