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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 2021-2022. Please note that changes may occur.





Vekting (SP)


Semester undervisningsstart


Antall semestre






Tilbys av

Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences

Learning outcome

A candidate who has completed this course should have 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.
  • -as thorough knowledge of the scholarly theories and methods in the field of 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 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 his/her knowledge and skills in new areas in order to carry out advanced assignments and projects.
  • can communicate extensive independent work and master language and terminology of the academic field.
  • can communicate about academic issues, analyses and conclusions in the field, both with specialists and the general public.
  • can contribute to new thinking and innovation processes.
  • can demonstrate the ability and willingness to collaborate interdisciplinary.
  • can demonstrate the ability to prepare owns EMS for major incident management.

(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

Required prerequisite knowledge
Eksamen / vurdering
Vurderingsform Vekting Varighet Karakter Hjelpemiddel
Home exam 1/1 14 Days A - F

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

1) No access to the assessments in the module if not 80% class attendance. If more than 50% attendance is achieved the student may apply for individual evaluation. 

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

3)Practical test (During exercises)

Course teacher(s)
Course coordinator: Marius Rehn
Course teacher: Knut Styrk Styrkson
Study Program Director: Per Kristian Hyldmo
Course teacher: Marte Knudsen
Method of work
Seminars; Lectures; Student presentations; Group discussions; Exercises; Self-study
Open for
Prehospital Critical Care (PHCC) Emergency Medical Care - Master Degree Program
Course assessment
Student evaluation of this course will be conducted in accordance with faculty requirements.
The syllabus can be found in Leganto