*This Public Health Institute course will be online via Zoom and Canvas and will not be meeting in-person.

Nancy Carlson, MPhil
Disaster Behavioral Health Program Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Health
St. Paul, Minnesota

Disaster events leave a short term and perhaps a long term footprint that has not been recognized by many disciplines involved in response and recovery.  In this course we will focus on developing a rich understanding of the psychological impact of disaster events of all types impact the individual, teams, organizations and communities.  First we will work to develop an understanding of how disaster impact an then use a “Push Pull” service intervention model in how to work with all levels of a disaster.  We will use not only presentation and discussion but also case studies and scenario based training. The course will be divided into four sections that look disaster dynamics from a behavioral health perspective, initial response strategies and issues, short term recovery interventions and long term challenges.

This non-credit course meets with the academic course PubH 7223-101 as part of the 2024 Public Health Institute.

Enrollment for this course will open on February 22, 2024.

For more information: z.umn.edu/PHI


At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the global footprint that disaster events leave with emphasis on the psychosocial impact
  • Understand and describe behavioral health intervention strategies from an All-Hazard perspective
  • Integration of behavioral response into the emergency preparedness, response and recovery cycle


The core competencies in Public Health Preparedness and Response identified in the CDC planning model that apply to this course include:

Domain 1: Model Leadership

1.1 Solve problems under emergency conditions

1.2 Manage behavior associated with emotional responses

Registration & Cancellation

The registration fee for this course is $595. You will receive an email letter outlining program logistics two weeks prior to the start of the course.

Requests for refunds will be honored in full if a written cancellation request is received prior to the course start date. An administration fee of $50 will be charged to all refund requests received after the first day of class. The University of Minnesota School of Public Health (SPH) reserves the right to cancel any course. In the event of a course cancellation, registrants will receive a full refund of the program registration fee. SPH is not responsible for refund of travel or other costs incurred by registrants.

SPH will provide a certificate of attendance verifying 1.5 CEUs (15 contact hours) offered for this program. This course is eligible for 15 CPH recertification credits.

All courses are approved for CPH Recertification Credits by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.

Contact & Questions


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Concepts in Disaster Behavioral Health
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1:00PM to 5:00PM
May 28, 2024 to May 30, 2024
Twin Cities (US Central Time)
Online, instructor led
1:00PM to 4:00PM
May 31, 2024
Twin Cities (US Central Time)
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