ABOUT THE COURSE
In this state of the art course we will be discussing personal
and hospital-based preparedness for disasters and large-scale public health
emergencies. This course will provide students with a heightened awareness and
understanding of the natural and man-made hazards that create disaster events. Each topic in the course is presented by a leader and subject matter expert, allowing students to learn from some of the most highly-recognized stakeholders in disaster preparedness. Course
content is designed to assist health care providers and students in acquiring cutting-edge, evidence-based disaster knowledge and skills in order to respond in a timely
and appropriate manner and ultimately to increase hospital surge capacity.
start by presenting an overview of the foundational concepts underlying
disaster preparedness with a focus on understanding individual health care
provider roles and responsibilities within our existing emergency response
systems as well as for personal and family preparedness.
Next, we consider all components of a well-designed hospital preparedness
program including redundant communications and situational awareness, the role
of the health care provider in disaster operations and logistics, and education
and training for workforce development. Finally, we cover the roles and
responsibilities of health care providers in response to specific disaster and
public health emergency events resulting from acts of terrorism, pandemic
influenza and emerging highly infectious disease, chemical, biological and
radiological emergencies, and natural disasters.
In this six-week course, health care providers will acquire foundational knowledge in the health care
management of victims of natural and man-made disasters and new strategies for
increasing hospital surge capacity. Utilizing course exercises, case studies, and
online discussions, students will have the opportunity to identify strategies
and expert practices in the care of victims of disasters and public health