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Mass Gatherings: Are You Prepared?

This 90-minute online course teaches you to assess and plan for the prevention and mitigation of public health threats at mass gatherings.

Quick Facts

Topics: Emergency Preparedness & Disasters, Infectious Disease & Immunizations, Communication

Format: Online course

Time: 1.5 hours

Cost: Free

NWCPHP courses are accessed through PH LearnLink. See help.

Description

Food poisoning at the fair, rabies exposure at the rodeo, crowd trampling at a World Cup game: what is the role of public health at events that attract large crowds? This online course teaches you to assess and plan for the prevention and mitigation of public health threats at mass gatherings. It covers topics of risk assessment, surveillance, health response, coordination, and communication. This 90-minute online course can be completed over several shorter sessions. It also includes a unique practice scenario to further enhance your learning.

Learning Objectives

  • Define three characteristics of mass gatherings
  • List four major areas of public health responsibility related to mass gatherings
  • Identify tools and resources to assist in the planning of key public health activities at mass gatherings
  • Identify four key factors that influence potential health risks associated with mass gatherings
  • Describe the importance of involving public health in the coordination and communication with other agencies and organizations throughout the planning and operational processes for mass gatherings

Intended Audience

Public health and emergency management professionals with a basic understanding of surveillance and outbreak investigation

Quick Facts

Topics: Emergency Preparedness & Disasters, Infectious Disease & Immunizations, Communication

Format: Online course

Time: 1.5 hours

Cost: Free

NWCPHP courses are accessed through PH LearnLink. See help.

Format

This online course has interactive exercises (Flash-based) and should take approximately 90 minutes to complete.

Course Instructor

Andy Stergachis, PhD, RPh
Professor, Epidemiology and Global Health, Adjunct Professor, Pharmacy
Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, School of Public Health, University of Washington

Co-provider

This course is co-provided by the University of Washington School of Nursing.

Credits

The University of Washington School of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Participants who successfully complete the course are eligible to receive a certificate for 1.5 contact hours for a processing fee of $35.

Technical Requirements

This course requires certain software and browser plugins to be installed. See our Technical Requirements page for details.

Accessibility

This online training course is text-based and is designed for accessibility. A print version of the course is also available in the Supplemental Material section at the bottom of this page. Please note that the print version does not include interactive exercises, quizzes, or the final assessment. Flash-based interactive exercises and quizzes in the course may not be accessible to screen readers. To receive a print version of the quizzes, please contact nwcphp@u.washington.edu. If you have any difficulties in accessing the information given in any of our documents or need further assistance, please contact nwcphp@u.washington.edu.

Supplemental Materials

If you would like to see a printable copy of the text before beginning the course, download the print version, below.

Competencies

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