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In this CEU-eligible simulation, the learner will assume the perspective of various public health professionals responding to a natural disaster. They will make decisions on behalf of a county public health director, a public health nurse, an environmental health specialist, and other public health professionals. By approaching the emerging public health issues from these perspectives, the players gain a deeper understanding of the issues at hand, the decisions that colleagues in other disciplines face, and how those decisions impact his or her area of expertise.

It will take approximately one hour to complete this simulation.


In this simulation, the learner will:

  • Identify public health concerns resulting from the simulated natural disaster.
  • Apply risk communication principles to public health concerns associated with the simulated natural disaster.
  • Correlate characters' attributes to roles within the Public Health Incident Command System.
  • Describe the primary roles in an Emergency Operations Center.
  • Choose appropriate actions within the simulated scenario to minimize risk associated with food safety.
  • Describe the roles of public health disciplines within the simulated disaster.
  • Identify at least two individual knowledge gaps associated with the simulated scenario.
  • Integrate learnings about the public health response and recovery of other public health disciplines into future disaster planning.


Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals

For CPH recertification, the following competencies may be met:

  • T 1 1.1.1 Establishes relationships to improve community health and resilience
  • T 1 1.1.2 Maintains relationships that improve community health and resilience
  • T2 1.1.2 Describes factors that affect the health of a community
  • T2 1.8.2 Assesses community health status
  • T2 3.1 Determines communication strategies
  • T2 3.2 Communicates with internal and external audiences
  • 4.3 Recognizes the diversity of individuals and populations
  • 5.2 Establishes relationships to improve community health and resilience
  • 5.3 Maintains relationships that improve community health and resilience
  • 8.7 Addresses facilitators and barriers impacting delivery of the 10 Essential

Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Capabilities

The following public health emergency preparedness and response capabilities may be met:

Emergency Operations Coordination:

  • Function 1: Conduct preliminary assessment to determine the need for activation of public health emergency operations
  • Function 2: Activate public health emergency operations
  • Function 3: Develop and maintain an incident response strategy
  • Function 4: Manage and sustain the public health response
  • Function 5: Demobilize and evaluate public health emergency operations

Emergency Public Information and Warning:

  • Function 1: Activate the emergency public information system
  • Function 2: Determine the need for a Joint Information System
  • Function 3: Establish and participate in information system operations
  • Function 4: Establish avenues for public interaction and information exchange
  • Function 5: Issue public information, alerts, warnings, and notifications

Public Health Preparedness and Response Core Competencies

The following public health preparedness and response core competencies may be met:

Model Leadership:

  • Maintain situational awareness

Communicate and Manage Information:

  • Use principles of crisis and risk communications
  • Report information potentially relevant to the identification and control of an emergency through the chain of command

Plan for and Improve Practice:

  • Participate in improving the organization’s capacities (including, but not limited to programs, plans, policies, laws and workforce training)

Continuing Education Units

Please note that these trainings may offer different types of continuing education credits. This Learner Portal may not calculate the correct number of continuing education credits. Please refer to the Continuing Education Credits section of your course site after registration for the correct information.

This activity offers up to 1.0 contact hours (0.1 CEUs) of participation. This course is eligible for one (1) Recertification Credit.

Contact & Questions

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Section Title
Disaster in Franklin County: A Public Health Simulation
Online, self paced
May 08, 2024 to Jan 06, 2025
Delivery Options
Self Paced Online  
Course Fee(s)
No Fee $0.00
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