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National Incident Management System (NIMS) Training For Public Health Departments


This module offers an introduction to the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and its relevance to all-hazards public health readiness and response. The content conforms to the FEMA IS-700 awareness level NIMS training, with special emphasis on its applications for public health agencies in the following contexts:

  • Command and management under NIMS, including Incident Command Systems and related concepts for public health
  • Public health information under NIMS
  • Public health preparedness in the NIMS context
  • Public health resource management under NIMS
  • Public health communications, information management, and supporting technology under NIMS


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Topic 1: Emergency Response Planning

  • Part 1: What is the National Incident Management System (NIMS)?
  • Part 2: ICS Structure
  • Part 3: ICS Features and Concepts
  • Part 4: Other NIMS Structures
  • Part 5: Public Information
  • Part 6: NIMS Integration Center
  • Part 7: Communications, Information Management, and Supporting Technology
  • Part 8: Summary


Dan BarnettDr. Barnett serves as a training specialist with the Center for Public Health Preparedness (CPHP) at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where he provides a range of preparedness training to the public health workforce. He is also an Instructor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Dr. Barnett’s research interests include best practice models to enhance all-hazards public health emergency readiness and response. Specific areas of focus include design and evaluation of preparedness curricula for public health workers; mental health aspects of public health emergency response; public health readiness exercises; and organizational culture change issues facing health departments in building a ready public health workforce.

Dr. Barnett received a BA in English from Yale University and his MD degree at Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health. He earned his MPH degree at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and he completed the Johns Hopkins General Preventive Medicine Residency Program in 2002.

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