Disasters and Public Health: Lessons for Bioterrorism Preparedness


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Course Description

This course is provided by Johns Hopkins Center for Public Health Preparedness and will require a secondary login and/or registration.

In this presentation, Dr. Thomas Glass examines the role that the public has played in a crisis, concluding that the population doesn't react or panic in the way that is popularly expected. Furthermore, Dr. Glass offers ways to involve the public more after a disaster.                                                                                                     

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Learning Objectives

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

  1. Distinguish between disasters, emergencies, and catastrophes
  2. Explain why the study of natural and technological disasters is important for planning a public-health response to a large-scale bioterrorism attack
  3. Define the term emergent collective behavior and give examples
  4. Summarize what has been learned about panic during disasters
  5. List at least three ways in which public health planners could increase the involvement of the general public in a potential response to bioterrorism 

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1 hr. 


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