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U.S. Response to Disasters and Public Health Emergencies

Course Description
Course Developers
Registration
Course Resources
About the Disaster Information Specialization Certificate

 

Course Description

U.S. Response to Disasters and Public Health Emergencies

This class provides an introduction to disaster/emergency planning and response as conducted in the United States, with an emphasis on medical response. To determine where disaster information specialists might best fit into the US framework for disaster/emergency response, it is necessary to start with shared understanding of terminology, concepts, legislation, organizations, and lessons learned from previous incidents. The class describes efforts to provide structure and order before, during, and after emergencies and disasters. Changes over time in legislation and the US framework for disaster/emergency response are discussed using examples from 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and the Haiti earthquake.
Course Developers

Dr. Mary Moore, PhD
Chair, Department of Health Informatics
Executive Director, Medical Libraries and Biomedical Communications
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Miami, FL

Kimberly Loper, MLIS
Vice Chair, Administration and Special Projects
Digital Initiatives Librarian
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Miami, FL
Registration

This class is offered at no cost. Completing this class earns three Medical Library Association (MLA) continuing education (CE) credits. CE hours from this class may be used toward the MLA Disaster Information Specialization Program document of completion at the Basic Level.

To obtain a certificate showing that you have completed this class, please register using the registration form and select the class you have completed from the dropdown menu. You will receive an email with a link to the Continuing Education survey from the Medical Library Association. After completing the survey, you will be able to print or download your class certificate. This certificate is the only record of your class completion. You will need to retain a copy of the certificate to include in your application for the MLA Disaster Information Specialization Basic Level document of completion.
Course Resources

To complete the class, please view the video lecture and read the course materials. There is no homework. You may find it helpful to review the handouts and presentation materials before watching the course.

Videocast Recording
These videocasts are MP4 files. If you do not have a media player, you can find links to download QuickTime on the NIH Accessibility page. Due to the quality of the recording, you may want to view the videocasts in Firefox in order to zoom in to increase the size of the video. In Firefox, to zoom in, press and hold Ctrl key while pressing + key, or you can press and hold the Ctrl key and use the scroll wheel on your mouse. Additionally, the PowerPoint slides and transcript are available below.

PowerPoint Slides Transcript of Live-Captioning of Videocast Course Handouts Course Web Links Organizations and Agencies
About the Disaster Information Specialization Certificate

The Medical Library Association (MLA) awards a Basic or Advanced certificate for completion of courses and other activities as part of the Disaster Information Specialization Program. Courses and activities that meet the requirements for a certificate are outlined in the Disaster Information Model Curriculum. Completing the course U.S. Response to Disasters and Public Health Emergencies earns three hours of MLA continuing education credit which may be used towards the Basic certificate. See Registration for details on documenting your completion of this class.
This course was developed in 2012 as part of a Medical Library Association project (contract HHS-N-276-2010-00782-P) funded by the National Library of Medicine.