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Disaster Health Information

About the Medical Library Association Disaster Information Specialization
Basic Level Courses
Advanced Level Courses
Locating Additional Courses


One of the core competencies in disaster health is knowing how to "identify authoritative sources for information in a disaster or public health emergencies". (Source: National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health) This page is a collection of resources on free training and education for professionals interested in disaster information.
About the Medical Library Association Disaster Information Specialization

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. Courses and activities that meet the requirements for a certificate are outlined in the Disaster Information Model Curriculum. MLA suggests that this achievement be added to resumes and curriculum vitae as an educational and professional accomplishment. Please see the MLA Disaster Information Specialization page for more information on the development of the program.
Basic Level Courses for the MLA Specialization

Below is a list of courses required for the Basic Level of the MLA Disaster Information Specialization. There are 5 required courses at this level. Each course is 3 hours for a total of 15 hours. Two of the courses are available online at no cost from the FEMA Emergency Management Institute.
  • Disaster Health Information Sources: The Basics
    This course provides a comprehensive overview of the essential resources needed to provide health-related information services for supporting disaster mitigation, planning, response, and recovery.
  • US Response to Disasters and Public Health Emergencies
    This course provides an introduction to disaster/emergency planning and response as conducted in the United States, with an emphasis on medical response.
  • Information Roles in Disaster Management
    This course presents current research findings on librarians' roles supporting the disaster workforce. Additionally, the information needs of first responders, emergency managers, and other professionals working in the areas of disaster planning, response, and recovery are discussed.
  • IS-700.a National Incident Management System (NIMS): An Introduction
    This course introduces and provides an overview of the National Incident Management System (NIMS). NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents.
  • IS-100.b Introduction to Incident Command System, ICS-100
    This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System (ICS). ICS is a standardized approach to incident management that enables a coordinated response among various jurisdictions and agencies; establishes common processes for planning and managing resources; and allows for the integration of facilities, equipment, personnel, procedures, and communications operating within a common organizational structure.
Advanced Level Courses for the MLA Specialization

Below is a list of courses that may be applied towards the Advanced Level of the MLA Disaster Information Specialization. An additional 12 hours are required for the Advanced Level and may be gained through courses and activities that are described on the Disaster Information Model Curriculum page.
Locating Additional Courses

Additional courses can be located at the resources listed below.
Specific courses are also listed in Appendix A: Courses on Disaster Health Topics of the Disaster Information Model Curriculum page.