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

Cheryl Petersen-Kroeber
Emergency Preparedness and Response, Minnesota Department of Health
St. Paul, Minnesota

In this course, students will explore a critical component of public health emergency response; crisis leadership. By engaging in exercises, case studies, and group discussions, students will learn the differences between everyday leadership and crisis leadership, how to engage stakeholders, manage response activities, and consider leadership’s role with employees, political leaders, and the media. Crucial skills discussed will include crisis decision-making with limited information under considerable time pressures, internal and external communication priorities, accountability, and understanding and managing policy and operational concerns. Trauma-informed leadership will also be covered as it contributes to effective responses, resiliency in leaders as well as teams, and can serve as a vital tool in a crisis leader’s toolbox. Throughout the class, students will reflect on their own strengths, learn about characteristics of crisis leaders, and identify approaches to build emotional resiliency to manage stress and anxiety.

This non-credit course meets with the academic course PubH 7200-102 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 end of this course students will be able to:

  • Understand differences between everyday leadership and crisis leadership
  • Understand and describe differences between leadership and management during a crisis.
  • Learn about trauma-informed leadership and application in a crisis response.
  • Identify steps for effective decision-making and communication during a crisis.

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.

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