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Public Health Management for Incidents and Events

This programme has been developed in collaboration with the WHO-Collaboration Centre for Chemical Incident Management and the Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards Wales incorporating the knowledge and expertise of world leading organisations  such as G7+ Mexico's Global Health Security Action Group, World Health Organisation and Public Health Wales.  

The primary aim of the programme is to provide training resources, both within the UK and globally, that build capacity and resilience to effectively manage the public health implications arising from emergency and disaster situations. This is achieved through flexible, accredited blended learning opportunities via distance learning, face to face training, conferences and seminars. 

The programme covers all aspects of the emergency management cycle and their application across a range of industrial and global health fields and comprises  

More information on courses together with a range of resources and events can be found from the following drop downs:

Teaching and Training

Our aim is to build on our portfolio of teaching and training materials to provide flexible and accredited learning opportunities that can be accessed by public health practitioners. Our courses reflect a range of learning opportunities including short e-learning programmes to gain knowledge on specific elements of public health management and accredited courses such as the MSc in Advanced Practise.

Housed on the University's web site, the e-learning materials comprise a mixture of academic materials such as PowerPoint presentations, text, video, audio and reference and supplemented by the organising and subsequent hosting of international seminars and workshops, collectively providing a blended learning approach. Available modules are listed below.

This is a free resource but in order to access the materials you will require a username and password. You can obtain these by sending a request to our Moodle administrator. An account will be then be set up for you.

Chemical Incident Management
International Health Regulations
Shoreline Response to chemical incidents

Guidelines and other Publications

In addition to teaching and training the ITC has produced and contributed to a range of published resources providing further reading on specific subject areas.

Useful Guidance Publications Web sites
Public Health Management of Chemical Incidents Essentials of Environmental Public Health Science World Health Organisation
Public Health and Chemical Incidents Chemical risk prioritisation tool for Maritime HNS Global Health Security Initiative
Health Sector Involvement in the Management of Chemcials at the National Level GHSAG Chemical risk tool United Nations Environmental Programme
Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management UK Chemical Recovery handbook
Public Health England
International Health Regulations 2005 Risk Communications Guidance
Public Health Wales

Community Engagement
Royal Society for Public Health




Checklists and Case Studies

The ITC has developed a series of checklists and case studies to aid planning and response and illustrate their application in real incidents.

Checklists provide a rapid reference to key process elements acting as an aide memoire for all aspects of the emergency management cycle.

A copy of the checklists can be found here.

To support understanding of the various phases of planning response and recovery, a series of case studies can be accessed here illustrating how each phase applies in real incident scenarios

Case studies can be accessed here (ARCOPOL) and here (IHR Elearning)

Tools and Applications

To further support professionals in planning for public health emergencies the ITC has contributed to the development of a range of software tools including: SCRiPT  (Screening Categorisation Risk Prioritisation Tool), EAR (early alerting and reporting) for chemical incidents and Maritime prioritisation and Pollution Exercise tools.

EAR – An internet based system that investigates web media sources for key chemical and incident names and strings in order to provide rapid alerting of major incidents across the globe and also to surveillance of trends potentially indicative of public health impacts from chemical exposure. This tool is not currently available for general public use.

SCRiPT enables users to undertake bespoke prioritisation of industrial chemicals based upon their risks to public health from deliberate or accidental release. Full details and the downloadable tool can be found here - Link to SCRiPT  page.

HNS Prioritisation Tool developed for the ARCOPOL maritime research project. Similar to SCRiPT   it enables users to prioritise hazardous chemicals carried by sea in terms of public health risks based upon toxicity, behaviour and transportation characteristics. The tool can be downloaded here.

Research and Development

Research and development is an important aspect of the ITC and offers opportunities to for students to develop public health management principles and apply these into novel and innovative products for use by practitioners across many industries.

ITC involvement in maritime incident management has been a major stream of research over recent years including EU funded projects called ARCOPOL and MARINER. ARCOPOL (Atlantic Region Coastal Pollution Response) focused on the preparedness, response and mitigation of accidental marine pollution impacting on the shoreline, developing guides and tools for risk prioritisation, community engagement, risk communication, responder protocols and waste management.

The project was completed in September 2014. MARINER similarly continues research into response to maritime chemical incidents but is focussed more towards training and knowledge transfer. ITC involvement relates to development of exercises using bespoke computer software systems and training modules on International Health Regulations.

Other ongoing research includes international collaborations to develop a global incident early alerting tool and a risk prioritisation tool for release of HPV chemicals. Examples of more local collaborations in Wales include research into wild fire response and management with local emergency responders and spatial mapping of private drinking water supplies with British Geological Survey to aid prediction of chemical failures and potential health burden.

Programme of Events

Further details to follow.