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Training Resources for Ebola Preparedness

NWCPHP’s free online training resources are available to help health departments with Ebola preparedness.

NWCPHP's free online training resources are available to help health departments with Ebola preparedness.

October 17, 2014 (updated November 25, 2014)

After one confirmed case of Ebola imported from West Africa and two associated cases in health care workers in the United States, health care systems and public health organizations across the U.S. are strengthening their Ebola preparedness.

NWCPHP has a long history—nearly 15 years of experience—producing cutting edge trainings, tools, and resources to assist public health professionals in preparing for and responding to disasters and other public health emergencies.

Our center also houses the Northwest Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (PERLC), which is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and led by NWCPHP Director Tao Sheng Kwan-Gett, MD, MPH. Before joining NWCPHP, Kwan-Gett previously worked as a medical epidemiologist in the Communicable Disease Epidemiology and Immunization Program at Public Health - Seattle & King County.

To help you prepare, we've compiled a list of helpful training resources related to public health emergency preparedness and response.

Online Courses

  • Emergency Risk Communication: Learn how to plan for an emergency, create effective messages, and interact with the media and community in times of crisis with this online course.
  • Epidemiology Series: This nine-part series includes basic infectious disease concepts in epidemiology, as well as courses on outbreak investigation and surveillance.


  • Ebola Preparedness in Washington State: In this Hot Topics webinar, held on November 18 at noon (Pacific), Scott Lindquist, MD, MPH, Washington State Department of Health Communicable Disease Epidemiologist, described preparedness efforts happening in Washington State.
  • Preparing for Emergencies: Are We Serious About Vulnerable Populations? Some populations are disproportionately vulnerable to disaster conditions. Individuals from such populations may be affected during every phase of an emergency event. In this Hot Topics webinar, Dr. Linda Murray, describes what we mean by "hard to reach populations" and discusses effective strategies for serving them.
  • A Practical Tool for Business Continuity During a Flu Pandemic: During this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, Uwe Reischl, MD, PhD and Newell Gough, PhD, MBA, discuss a business continuity management tool they developed with input from the health departments and local businesses. The new tool allows management to estimate the potential impact of a pandemic on an organization’s ability to continue business operations.

Additional Resources


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