We all experience stress. This course, which is part one of a three-part series, reviews how stress affects behavior, biology, and psychology on a daily basis and during emergencies.

We’ll also explore the idea of resilience — our ability as individuals, organizations, and communities to adapt and recover in spite of difficult conditions. Finally, we’ll look at some key ways we can build resilience in both our lives and workplaces.

Learning Objectives

  • Define stress and resilience.
  • Explain how acute and chronic stress affect bodily, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral well-being.
  • List three routine work-related stressors.
  • List two disaster-related stressors.
  • Describe the relationship between stress and resilience.

Intended Audience

Public health administrators and managers; other public health professionals working in emergency preparedness

Ready for Resilience Series

Part One: Stress and Resiliency

Part Two: Supporting the Workforce

Part Three: Preparedness in Practice


The following instructors assisted with this series:

  • Randy Beaton, PhD, EMT
  • Wayne Corneil, ScD
  • Butch de Castro, PhD, MSN/MPH, RN, FAAN
  • Kira Mauseth, PhD
  • Suzanne Hawley, PhD, MPH


The online courses in this series have interactive exercises and a companion workbook, the Resiliency Resources Toolkit. Each course takes approximately 1 hour to complete.

Technical Requirements

The online modules were designed to work in most modern browsers, operating systems, and devices.


This training is being delivered in a 508-compliant interface. During development of this training, we attempted to make the content accessible to individuals using screen readers. If you encounter trouble accessing the materials by screen reader or need any other accommodations to access the instructional materials, please contact NWCPHP, and we will do our best to make sure the content is accessible to you.

Continuing Education Credits

Up to 1 CPH recertification credit may be earned by viewing this webinar. Visit the National Board of Public Health Examiners to learn more.

July 26, 2022
Behavioral & Mental Health
Emergency Preparedness & Disasters
Leadership & Management
Self-Paced Course
1 hour
Workforce Resiliency
Competency Domains: 
Communication Skills
Leadership and Systems Thinking Skills