If you are taking this course for Medical Library Association credits, please register and complete the class through our free online registration system.
Every disaster is a national disaster. Yet the health impact of disasters that occur outside the United States is similar to domestic disasters and can have important repercussions for U.S. communities and agencies, either because they now perceive a shared vulnerability and risk, or because a large diaspora exists in the U.S. that will demand information. This course for information specialists, librarians, and other related professionals looks at key actors and their roles and responsibilities in the international disaster community. The course also explores the types of information they may offer or require to respond to real or perceived needs, with a particular focus on health.
This self-paced course fulfills one of the requirements of the Medical Library Association (MLA) Disaster Information Specialization, Advanced Level. Students will earn four MLA Continuing Education (CE) credits. This program provides the opportunity for participants to expand their roles in providing information for disaster and emergency preparedness, response, and recovery.
Note: After reviewing the information on this page, please be sure to complete the pre-course evaluation at the bottom of the page before continuing with the course.
Individuals who have previously benefited from completing this course include librarians and information professionals who are part of any number of institutions, academic health centers, private and not-for-profit hospitals, medical facilities, local and state government, health departments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and more.
Your constituents—the people who turn to you for information about the health impact of disasters—may include administrators, public health and medical professionals, academics, or the general public. As you progress through the course, we recommend taking note of the individuals and groups you consider as your constituents and their disaster information needs.
This course is divided into the following sections. Use the Next and Back buttons at the bottom of the page to move through the course.
Each section is a single page of content and activities that help reinforce the topics covered. For more information on additional ways to navigate the course, see the "Getting Around" section below.
Each section is summarized with key points, which are the most critical take-home messages of the material.
Throughout this course, the National Library of Medicine will be referred to using the acronym NLM and the Disaster Information Management Research Center will be called NLM Disaster Health.
After completing this course, you will be able to:
There are a variety of ways you can navigate this training. You can:
At the top of each page, links will indicate where the current page falls within the overall course. You can also click these links to return to this homepage or to the section that contains the page.
Throughout the course, you will encounter links. Any link denoted with an External Link icon () points to a resource outside of this course and will typically open in a new tab or window. All other links are to other areas within the course.
Additionally, clicking on an image will open a larger view of the image in a pop-up box within the page.
If you need assistance using this course or have questions or comments about any of the content presented here, please select the About / Getting Help option from the upper right menu.
Before beginning the course, please take a few moments to answer the following questions about your current experience with disaster health information resources. The survey will open in a new tab or window. When you have submitted your responses, return to this window and click the Next button below to proceed with the course.
Start the Evaluation (opens in a new tab or window)
After completing the survey, click the Next button below to continue with the course. Or, use the Menu in the upper right to select a specific section.