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Preparedness & Community Response to Pandemics

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At the end of this course, public health workers will be competent to describe the public health role in emergency response during an influenza outbreak or pandemic and to recognize unusual events that might indicate an emergency and describe appropriate action. Additionally, learners will be able to describe their functional role(s) in emergency response and apply flexible thinking to unusual challenges within their functional role. Several activities are designed to help the learner identify personal limits of knowledge, skill, and authority and direct the learner to useful resources when these limits have been exceeded. Refer to the Core Public Health Worker Competencies for Emergency Preparedness and Response (link opens PDF document in new window).

By the end of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Describe the historical context of influenza.
  • Describe what a pandemic is and how they occur (antigenic shift and drift).
  • Outline the epidemiology of influenza.
  • Explain surveillance activities related to influenza.
  • Recognize the clinical features of influenza.
  • Identify control measures to be taken prior/during a pandemic of influenza.
  • Identify response efforts and partners to a pandemic (both locally and globally).
  • Describe the unique characteristics of a virus.
  • Explain how a pandemic unfolds (pandemic phases and periods).

The course was created by Lindsay N. Benson, M.P.H., Public Health Education Specialist at the University at Albany's Center for Public Health Preparedness, with assistance from Dr. Robert Westphal, M.D., M.P.H., Director of the University at Albany's Center for Public Health Preparedness, in partnership with the Professional Development Program (PDP) of the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany. For more information about PDP, visit their website at http://www.pdp.albany.edu (link opens new window).

Continuing Education Certification

Participants who engage in all lessons of the course and who successfully complete the exam (80% or higher within two tries) will be eligible for 6 hours CME/CHES or 7.2 hours CNE. For more information, go to the U. Albany School of Public Health website (link opens new browser window).

Cost

Free and open to the public.

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