Planning for Pandemics

In this micro-credential, students will be introduced to the principles of pandemic emergence and the tools of pandemic investigation using current cases and examples.  Where relevant, these concepts will also be explored in relation to major driving forces behind the ongoing threat of pandemics, including global transitions and planetary change.

Upon successful completion of this micro-credential, you'll receive:

  • Two PD Points
  • A Certificate of Achievement
  • A UWA Plus Professional Development Transcript, listing all successfully completed micro-credentials
Delivery mode
Course dates
Currently not available
4 weeks 
50 hours of contact and preparation time.   This will be made up of: (i) Online lectures (asynchronous); (ii) Interactive
seminars (synchronous); (iii) Personal study and preparation; (iv) Assessment (Online MCQ relating to pandemic case study
and critique of pandemic intervention and policy)
Academic lead
Professor Angus Cook
$880 inc. GST
Critical information summary
PUBHM504 Planning for Pandemics [PDF 245KB]

What you'll learn

Participants will be able to:

Describe current approaches to preparing for and preventing pandemic events.

Demonstrate an understanding of the threat of pandemics and their aftermath, including their direct and indirect clinical and social impacts.


Why study this course?

This micro-credential will (i) provide students with the multidisciplinary foundations to understanding pandemic emergence and spread, and (ii) allow students to apply these skills to guide preparation, prevention and control of pandemic events and their profound regional and global impacts.

Who should study this course?

This micro-credential is available to postgraduate students and professionals interested in finding out more about the emergence, prevention, investigation and control of pandemic events.  This module will teach students skills in critical thinking, problem solving and communication to protect our communities from the current and future threat of pandemics.

This course may be particularly suitable for:  postgraduate students, policy makers, health professionals, and anyone interested in pandemic response.

What's next after this course?

This micro-credential (2PD Points) is stackable with other UWA Plus micro-credentials.  Earning 6 PD Points gains credit for one unit when commencing an award course at UWA.

Enrol in a Graduate Certificate in Population Health Studies or Master of Public Health.