Major Incidents: Medical Management and Preparedness (MPH160)

This course aims to make the students proficient in both the theoretical and the practical application of the interdisciplinary principles of major incident managment. This includes epidemiology and reporting after major incidents for structured analyses. Further, to be a reflective practitioner enabled to prepare the management of future major incidents in their own emergency medical service (EMS) catchment area.

Course description for study year 2023-2024. Please note that changes may occur.


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(i) Epidemiology of major incidents and seminal incidents

(ii) Seminal reports and evaluations after major incidents

(iii) Reporting and evaluation after major incidents

(iv) Principles of major incident medical management (triage, treatment, transport)

(v) Analyse EMS preparedness for major incident medical management

(vi) Principles of medical management of patients subject to a major incident

(vii) Scene safety during major incident management and exercises

Learning outcome

A candidate who has completed this course should have achieved the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills, and general competence:


The candidate

  • Has advanced knowledge of the epidemiology of major incidents and specialized insight into Scandinavian incidents
  • Has thorough knowledge of the scholarly theories and methods in the field of major incident medical management (triage, treatment, transport)
  • Can apply knowledge to new areas within major incident management and critically appraise key components necessary for optimal interdisciplinary management including reporting after major incidents
  • Can analyse EMS preparedness for major incident medical management on the basis of the history, traditions, distinctive character and place of service
  • Can critically appraise the scientific rationale for medical management of major incidents


The candidate

  • Can analyze and deal critically with various sources of information and use them to structure and formulate scholarly arguments on the strengths and weaknesses of their own EMS, specifically in relation to interdisciplinary management of triage, treatment and transport
  • Can analyze existing theories, methods and interpretations in the field of major incident management and work independently on practical and theoretical problems, including managing and planning exercises
  • Can use relevant methods for research and scholarly development and work in an independent manner.
  • Can carry out an independent, limited research or development project under supervision and in accordance with applicable norms for research ethics
  • Can demonstrate proficiency in the management of scene-safety and triage, treatment and transport during a major incident in simulation

General Competence

The candidate

  • Can analyze relevant academic, professional and research ethical problems
  • Can apply their knowledge and skills in new areas to carry out advanced assignments and projects
  • Can carry out extensive independent work and master the language and terminology related to the academic field
  • Can discuss academic issues, analyses, and conclusions in the field, both with specialists and the general public
  • Can contribute to new thinking and innovation within the field
  • Can demonstrate the ability and willingness to collaborate within the interdisciplinary team
  • Can demonstrate the ability to prepare their own EMS for major incident management

Required prerequisite knowledge



Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Home exam 1/1 14 Days Letter grades

Coursework requirements

Practical test, 80% class attendance, Pre-test: Web-based questionnaire

1) Pre-test: Web-based questionnaire; Must be approved in order to gain access to assessment.

2) 80% class attendance. If more than 50% attendance is achieved the student may, if the faculty finds the basis sufficient, be given an individual evaluation.

3) Practical test (During exercises)

Course teacher(s)

Course teacher:

Knut Styrk Styrkson

Study Program Director:

Per Kristian Hyldmo

Course coordinator:

Matthew Hilditch

Method of work

Seminars; Lectures; Student presentations; Group discussions; Exercises; Self-study

Open for

Prehospital Critical Care (PHCC) Emergency Medical Care - Part-time (Master Degree Program)

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course coordinator, the student representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital course evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


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