Core Information Needs for Situational Awareness and Response Management

Emergency Management
Online Course
30 minutes
University of North Carolina
University of North Carolina PERLC
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The module offered by the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health provides an overview of situational awareness, response management and biosurveillance systems. It discusses the current landscape of biosurveillance, needed improvements to biosurveillance systems and situational awareness, and the next steps for public health leaders to take in order to enhance situational awareness. The material presented in this module is based on a report developed by the North Carolina Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center (NCPERRC) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in collaboration with the Public Health Informatics Institute (PHII), and sponsored by the CDC. The report and this training module are part of a toolkit on beneficial practices for improving biosurveillance, which can be accessed at

Learning Objectives: 
  • Define situational awareness and response management
  • Describe the current state and challenges of situational awareness
  • Identify core information sources for situational awareness and response management
  • Determine how biosurveillance can be improved
  • Identify biosurveillance requirements necessary for public health professionals to perform duties
PHEP Capabilities: 
Public Health Surveillance and Epidemiological Investigation