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Pilot Testers Needed to Review Emergency Preparedness Course

Volunteer to pilot test NWCPHP's newest online course, Legal Aspects of Public Health Emergency Preparedness.

Volunteer to pilot test NWCPHP's newest online course, Legal Aspects of Public Health Emergency Preparedness.

March 17, 2014

NWCPHP is recruiting volunteers to pilot test its newest online course, Legal Aspects of Public Health Emergency Preparedness. If you are interested in being a pilot tester, please register online by Wednesday, March 19.

Course Description

The law plays a critical role in matters of public health and emergency preparedness. This course helps public health professionals and the attorneys who work with them identify legal issues and solutions that arise during emergencies.

This course will focus on a public health department's legal authority, powers, and duties during emergencies. It also discusses issues of social distancing, volunteer health practitioners, and liability.

This online module is one of a series funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to support the development of trainings in public health law. The content for the module was developed in partnership with the Network for Public Health Law, whose Western Region Office contributed invaluable practical experience and knowledge.

Target audience

Public health practitioners who work in or with emergency preparedness and response programs and the attorneys who work with them.

Learning Objectives

  • Apply legal considerations to emergency preparedness planning and response
  • Identify public health authorities and opportunities that can protect the public’s health in emergency situations in the absence of a formal declaration of emergency
  • Describe potential legal powers, responsibilities, and risks during declared emergencies
  • Identify key features of legal authority at different levels of government for responding to emergencies
  • Describe the legal questions relating to the use of volunteers during emergencies


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For more information, contact Sarah Paliulis.

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