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180.604.11 Public Health Preparedness: Systematic Planning for An Unpredictable World


Environmental Health and Engineering
Summer Inst. term
1 credit
Academic Year:
2018 - 2019
East Baltimore
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Daniel Barnett
Course Instructor:

Are you interested in learning about current best practices for preparing for emergent public health crises?

Provides trainees with an applied 'toolkit' to aid their current and future disaster planning, response, and recovery efforts. Focuses on Zika and other insect-borne emerging infectious diseases in the following contexts. Includes 1) a scenario contingency planning exercise, focusing on implications of surge capacity gaps in public health crises; 2) an overview and exercise-based application of the Haddon Matrix, a systematic planning instrument for preparedness; 3) development of message maps for public health crisis communication planning; 4) a discussion-based ("tabletop") exercise on a public health emergency scenario, integrating the afore-mentioned applied principles. Includes interactive lecture and facilitated discussion, small-group breakout activities, and full-group brainstorming using these applied concepts.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Perform contingency planning exercises for surge capacity gaps during a public health crisis
  2. Implement the Haddon matrix for infectious disease crisis preparedness training at student's organization/place of employment
  3. Create and utilize message maps for risk communication during an infectious disease public health crisis
Methods of Assessment:

A paper will be due within 2 weeks of the course completion. It will be worth 100% of the grade.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required