Training and Education
The COVID-19 pandemic generated tremendous interest in emergency preparedness and response creating opportunities to revise existing material. As part of the need that has been identified for additional professional development and education in the preparedness and response area, the School of Public Health (SPH) is working closely with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and local and tribal public health to prioritize new educational development, modes of delivery, and revision of educational opportunities.
These efforts may include:
- Revising previously developed continuing education offerings, such as National Incident Management System (NIMS) and NIMS and Incident Command Systems (ICS): A Primer For Volunteers and Psychological First Aid
- Redeveloping simulation/games, such as Disaster in Franklin County and Outbreak at Watersedge
- Developing academic preparedness courses for ongoing online delivery, such as Risk Communication or Planning for Urgent Threats
- Developing new courses or educational opportunities in areas identified in consultation with partners, such as leadership in preparedness and/or educational offerings in Greater Minnesota
SPH is committed to ensuring that we are attracting new students to public health from varied backgrounds, potentially expanding to students in communications, education, engineering, and others. We will use the SPH Public Health Institute (PHI) to explore offering courses targeted to students in potential subject areas who do not traditionally see themselves as public health students, but also propose redeveloping our highly successful products: Disaster at Franklin County and Outbreak at Watersedge in order to revitalize our connection to the educational programs who were already supplementing the curriculum with these games/simulations.