The Curriculum Development Program is developing and integrating selected educational modules within the curriculum of core and elective courses.
Emergency Risk Communication for Public Health Professionals
This Web-based course developed at the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice provides an introduction to Emergency Risk Communication concepts and principles. Topics covered include planning for an emergency, best practices, creating effective messages, and strategies for interacting with the media and the community during times of crisis. The course includes audio and video clips that illustrate concepts, interactive quizzes that provide feedback, and a toolkit that contains downloadable worksheets and checklists. The final activity is a simulation of an influenza outbreak that allows learners to walk through an unfolding public health crisis.
The Anarchist—Strategic National Stockpile Activation: A Tabletop Exercise
This tabletop exercise presents a fictitious scenario in which anthrax spores are intentionally released via an aerosol dispersal device into a crowded shopping mall, prompting the need for local assessments leading to a request to activate the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS). The exercise emphasizes policy issues and operational procedures relevant to incident command systems. The tabletop exercise helps participants prepare for similar events and encourages them to identify the strengths and gaps of their own organization.
Disaster Behavioral Health
Many public health workers are confident in their ability to handle the physical tasks involved in responding to a disaster, but what about the psychological challenges? In this module, Dr. Randal Beaton discusses the psychological phases of a community-wide disaster, common patterns of immediate and long-term public response, mental health risks that rescue workers and victims face, signs that might indicate that a survivor needs a mental health evaluation, and the importance of local preparedness. The module bases its case studies on Washington State agencies and plans.