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Ethical and Legal Aspects of Disaster Response

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

 

Course Description

Ethical and Legal Aspects of Disaster Response

Incorporation of ethical principles and legal standards into all phases of the disaster cycle is fundamental to effective and fair disaster response, but the complex information landscape makes meeting this goal challenging. This class will provide an overview of the ethical principles and legal standards that have been applied to health care, public health, and emergency management in disasters, with recommendations for sources of this information. Major online sources of ethical information and international, federal, and state legal resources will be presented. This class consists of 1 hour of pre-class readings and 3 hours of recorded lecture.

Course Developers

Barbara L. Folb, MM, MLS, MPH
Public Health Informationist
Health Sciences Library System
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Patti Reynolds, MLS
Director
Bishopric Medical Library
Sarasota Memorial Hospital
Sarasota, FL
Registration

This class is offered at no cost. Completing this class earns four 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 Advanced 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 Advanced Level document of completion.
Course Resources

To complete the class, please view the pre-class video and readings under Course Web Links and the two videocast recordings. There is no homework. You may find it helpful to review the handouts and presentation materials before watching the course.

Videocast Recording
PowerPoint Slides
Transcript of Live-Captioning of Videocast
Course Handouts
Course Web Links
Pre-class Readings and Video
Legal Preparedness Organizations, Projects, Reports Institute of Medicine, National Academies Press publications - Legal General Legal Resources Further Training, Assistance Ethics Ethics, Disasters and the Disabled Allocation of Scarce Resources and Ethics Triage
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 Ethical and Legal Aspects of Disaster Response earns four hours of MLA continuing education credit which may be used towards the Advanced 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.