Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Response

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Approximately 1 hour time to complete

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Audio recording + long-form content format

Course Overview

This course looks at public health preparedness and emergency response, one of the 16 designated critical infrastructures considered vital to our national security in the United States.   

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of these six modules, the self-study participant will understand why public health can sometimes be considered a first responder alongside other traditional first responders in our critical infrastructure. The course should also convey a basic knowledge of the preparedness and response roles, and responsibilities of public health during a disaster response.   

Module 5: Smallpox: A Deadly Virus That Won’t Go Away

Module 6: What Does a Prepared Health Department Look Like?

About the Instructor

William Pilkington was a local public health officer for four decades. Currently, he works at North Carolina Central University, an HBCU, doing research on racial disparities in health care. Pilkington holds an M.A. in Security Studies from the Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) at the Naval Postgraduate School, completed the CHDS Executive Leaders Program, and was a Founding Scholar in the CHDS Advanced Thinking in Homeland Security (HSx) Program. Pilkington also holds a D.P.A. and M.P.A. from the University of Southern California.

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