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Department: International Health
Term: 4th term
Credits: 2 credits
Academic Year: 2012 - 2013
Course Instructor:
  • George Everly

Introduces students to core terms and concepts in preparing for the mental health consequences of disasters including psychological and behavioral reactions associated with mass disasters. Prepares students to differentiate between mild psychological and behavioral distress reactions and potentially incapacitating acute reactions and familiarizes students with the long-term mental health consequences of disasters. Examines the public health preparedness and response systems that are in place to address mental health aspects of disaster and explores the present capacity of systems. Reviews consensus recommendations and best practices for addressing mental health consequences of disasters. Identifies vulnerable populations and describes the needs of these populations. Discusses strategic planning for mental health consequences of disasters. Develops skills in Psychological First Aid to assist disaster victims.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Define core terms and concepts in mental health crises and disasters
Recognize and differentiate between mild psychological reactions and behaviors to disaster versus severe, potentially incapacitating reactions
Plan strategically for the psychological response and care of disaster victims
Identify psychologically vulnerable populations in disasters and plan for their care
Develop skills to perform Psychological First Aid for disaster victims

Methods of Assessment: Attendance and participation 24%. Final paper 76%
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tuesday 1:30 - 3:20
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Jointly Offered With: