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180.670.01 Introduction to Public Health Emergency Preparedness

Environmental Health and Engineering
4th term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  9:00 - 10:20am
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Dan Barnett
Course Instructor:

Introduces public health emergency preparedness procedures, including procedures for natural and technological disasters; terrorism; emerging threats; and methods to address these from planning and response perspectives. Includes domestic and international public health emergency contexts, and integrates knowledge and skills learned from other courses within the Health in Crisis: Human Rights, Disaster Preparedness and Humanitarian Assistance MPH Concentration. Practical work focuses on small group participation in in-class scenarios and exercises.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and describe the main public health activities in preparing for and responding to public health emergencies
  2. Identify chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive terrorist weapons
  3. Describe the roles of public health agencies in emergencies, and interactions with public safety and other agencies
  4. Describe the consequences of recent disasters
Methods of Assessment:

1. Class Participation - 25%
2. Take-home Exams (2) - 40%
3. Final Project - 35%
Student Responsibilities and Grading:
Grading: Letter Grade: 90-100 = A; 80-89 = B; etc

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Jointly Offered With:
Special Comments:

As a final project, each student individually prepares a press statement regarding a potential public health emergency threat scenario.