Preparedness and Community Response to Pandemics

Infectious Disease & Immunization
Online Course
6 hours
University at Albany, SUNY
New York-New Jersey PERLC

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This introductory course on pandemic influenza will help the learner understand why this virus is capable of producing worldwide outbreaks. Participants will explore the epidemiology, historical context, and response efforts related to both seasonal and worldwide influenza outbreaks. At the end of this course, learners will be competent to describe the public health role in emergency response during an influenza outbreak or pandemic and to recognize unusual events that might indicate an emergency and describe appropriate action. Additionally, learners will be able to describe their functional role(s) in emergency response and apply flexible thinking to unusual challenges within their functional role. Several activities are designed to help the learner identify personal limits of knowledge, skill, and authority and direct the learner to useful resources when these limits have been exceeded.

Learning Objectives: 
  • Describe the historical context of influenza
  • Describe what a pandemic is and how they occur (antigenic shift and drift)
  • Outline the epidemiology of influenza
  • Explain surveillance activities related to influenza
  • Recognize the clinical features of influenza
  • Identify control measures to be taken prior/during a pandemic of influenza
  • Identify response efforts and partners to a pandemic (both locally and globally)
  • Describe the unique characteristics of a virus
  • Explain how a pandemic unfolds (pandemic phases and periods)
PHEP Capabilities: 
Community Preparedness
Public Health Surveillance and Epidemiological Investigation
Responder Safety and Health