ICS in Action: Using the Incident Command System in Public Health Outbreak Investigations


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Course Description

This course is provided by North Carolina Center for Public Health Preparedness and will require a secondary login and/or registration.


This presentation by NCIPH and Public Health Regional Surveillance Team (PHRST) 6, is designed to help public health professionals at the local level integrate use of the Incident Command System (ICS) into a common public health department activity: investigating a disease outbreak. This training has accompanying activities which are an integral part of the training content. All activities will be provided as you progress through the training.


Please note: prerequisites for this training are completion of ICS trainings 100, 200, and 700 and training or experience in disease outbreak investigation. In addition, completion of ICS 300 is strongly recommended for persons who might serve as Command Staff or General Staff. These trainings can be accessed from the FEMA Web site

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Learning Objectives

Having completed this course, the learner will be able to:

  1. Describe how ICS can benefit disease outbreak investigations undertaken by local public health department staff

  2. Use appropriate ICS terminology to describe the roles and tasks that public health staff assume in an outbreak investigation

  3. Give examples of the ICS steps taken in outbreak investigations

  4. For a hypothetical disease outbreak: Demonstrate the ability to develop an Incident Action Plan, carry out an operational briefing, and formulate positions and an organizational chart for how an outbreak response might be organized


Council of Linkages Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (COL)/COL Tier(s)

  1. 6A.3 (Tier 1): Describes how public health sciences

  2. 6B.3 (Tier 2): Applies public health


Professional/Disciplinary Competencies

Applied Epidemiology Competencies

Tier 1

  • Recognize the existence of a public health problem (I.A.1)

  • Collaborate with others inside and outside the agency to identify the problem (I.A.3)

Public Health Preparedness Capabilities

  • Capability 3, Function 2: Activate public health emergency operations

  • Capability 3, Function 3: Develop incident response strategy

  • Capability 3, Function 4: Manage and sustain the public health response

  • Capability 13, Function 2: Conduct public health and epidemiological investigations


Public Health Preparedness & Response Core Competencies

  • 1.1 Solve problems under emergency conditions.

  • 2.1. Manage information related to an emergency.

  • 2.3. Report information potentially relevant to the identification and control of an emergency through the chain of command.

  • 3.2. Contribute expertise to the development of emergency plans.



Online/ Self-study


Credit /CEU

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3.5 hrs.



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