Mass Gatherings: Are You Prepared?

Emergency Management
Online Course
1.5 hours
University of Washington
Northwest PERLC
Public Health Agency Management during Emergencies
Emergency Operations Coordination

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Food poisoning at the fair, rabies exposure at the rodeo, crowd trampling at a World Cup game: what is the role of public health at events that attract large crowds? This module will teach you to assess and plan for the prevention and mitigation of public health threats at mass gatherings. It covers topics of risk assessment, surveillance, health response, coordination, and communication. This 90-minute module can be completed over several shorter sessions. It also includes a unique practice scenario to further enhance your learning.

Learning Objectives: 
  • Define three characteristics of mass gatherings
  • List four major areas of public health responsibility related to mass gatherings
  • Identify tools and resources to assist in the planning of key public health activities at mass gatherings
  • Identify four key factors that influence potential health risks associated with mass gatherings
  • Describe the importance of involving public health in the coordination and communication with other agencies and organizations throughout the planning and operational processes for mass gatherings
PHEP Capabilities: 
Emergency Public Information and Warning
Information Sharing
Public Health Surveillance and Epidemiological Investigation
Community Preparedness
Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions
Mass Care
Emergency Operations Coordination