Courses and programs

PHEM: Public Health Emergency Management


Welcome to the Public Health Emergency Management  (PHEM) course.

Public health has become more prominent as a discipline involved in disaster and emergency response in recent years. The multi sectoral "whole-of-society" approach used by pandemic preparedness planning has proven that effective emergency management is vital for inter-agency collaborations. This approach is applicable to a wide range of emergencies.

This course is for staff working to support public health emergency operations. You will be introduced to the concept of public health emergency preparedness and response, as well as the structures used to frame these activities. It is assumed that you already have some familiarity with public health practice.

The quiz contains 15 questions with 2 attempts for each question. The pass mark is 80%. If you do not pass you can retake the quiz.

A certificate is issued on completion.


By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • Define public health emergencies
  • Describe the concept of public health emergency management
  • Detail the role of public health services in emergencies
  • Describe when NSW Health is a combat agency or a supporting agency
  • Describe the key concepts of emergency prevention/mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery


This module is for staff working to support public health emergency operations and may qualify for up to 0.7 hr of Continuous Professional Development.