Preparedness & Community Response to Pandemics


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Course Description

This course is provided by University of Albany – School of Public Health and will require a secondary login and/or registration.


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. Refer to the Core Public Health Worker Competencies for Emergency Preparedness and Response (link opens PDF document in new window).


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Target Audience

This course is designed for a broad range of public health professionals and community responders including bioterrorism coordinators, public health professionals and other clinical professionals.


Learning Objectives

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

  1. Describe the historical context of influenza.

  2. Describe what a pandemic is and how they occur (antigenic shift and drift).

  3. Outline the epidemiology of influenza.

  4. Explain surveillance activities related to influenza.

  5. Recognize the clinical features of influenza.

  6. Identify control measures to be taken prior/during a pandemic of influenza.

  7. Identify response efforts and partners to a pandemic (both locally and globally).

  8. Describe the unique characteristics of a virus.

  9. Explain how a pandemic unfolds (pandemic phases and periods).


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

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Professional/Disciplinary Competencies

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Online/ Self-study


Credit /CEU

  • CNE: 6.0

  • CHES Category 1: 6.0

  • AMA PRA Category 1: 6.0



6 hrs.



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