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U.S. Response to Disasters and Public Health Emergencies

Course Description
Registration
MLA CE Credit
About the Disaster Information Specialization Certificate
Course Developers

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 U.S. 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 U.S. framework for disaster/emergency response are discussed using examples from 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and the Haiti earthquake.
Registration

This course is free, however you must set up an account.

Enroll and launch the course: U.S. Response to Disasters and Public Health Emergencies.
MLA CE Credit

This course is worth 3 continuing education (CE) credits from the Medical Library Association (MLA).

CE credits 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, complete the MLA-required “Continuing Education Evaluation Survey” at the end of the course. For question one, select U.S. Response to Disasters and Public Health Emergencies. After you complete the survey, a certificate will appear.

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.
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

This course was first 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. The course was updated in 2016.
For questions or concerns about a course, please contact the Disaster Information Management Research Center at dimrc@nlm.nih.gov