Disaster in Franklin County: A Public Health Simulation


Course Overview

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Course Description
In this 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.

This course is provided by University of Minnesota Centers for Public Health Education & Outreach and will require a secondary login and/or registration. Click the LAUNCH button below to start or be taken to the course.

Target Audience
Public health professionals seeking an understanding of the professions of their colleagues in other PH areas.

Learning Objectives
Having completed this course, the learner will be able to:

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

Council of Linkages Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (COL)/COL Tier(s)
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Professional/Disciplinary Competencies
Model Leadership

  • 1.4 Maintain situational awareness.
  • Communicate and Manage Information
  • 2.2 Use principles of crisis and risk communication.
  • 2.3 Report information potentially relevant to the identification and control of an emergency through the chain of command.
  • Plan for and Improve Practice
  • 3.3 Participate in improving the organization’s capacities (including, but not limited to programs, plans, policies, laws, and workforce training).


Credit /CEU
0.08 CEU

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Course Publication Date
February 23, 2016