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Disaster Preparedness

2nd term
Online Programs for Applied Learning
2 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
  • Lauren Sauer
Lauren Sauer

Introduces public health emergency preparedness concepts and procedures that are relevant for natural disasters, technological disasters, terrorism, and emerging threats such as infectious disease outbreaks and pandemics. Describes the roles of various agencies and organizations engaged in emergency preparedness and response and global health security. Describes the interactions across these agencies and organizations that help to ensure public health and safety. Provides an overview of methods to address different types of public health emergencies, including both planning and response perspectives with a focus on recent domestic and international public health emergencies and their consequences.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Identify and describe various types of public health emergencies, and the main public health activities associated with preparing for and responding to such events
  2. Define the structure and organization of disaster preparedness and response efforts, including incident management system and the responsibilities of governmental and nongovernmental entities
  3. Analyze the risks and consequences of various types of public health emergencies
  4. Conduct post-emergency/catastrophe assessments for the purpose of informing future public health preparedness systems
Methods of Assessment:

Class participation (25%), 2 quizzes (30%), 3 assignments (45% -15% each)

Enrollment Restriction:

Only students in the MAS in Humanitarian Health

Instructor Consent:

No consent required