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Course CatalogCatalog: Online Public Health Videos & Webinars

The key to the course codes is as follows:

PREP = Preparedness Fundamentals
MGMT = Leadership and Management
COM = Communication
EPI = Assessment / Surveillance / Epidemiology
POD = Medical Counter-Measures & Point of Dispensing (PODs)
CLIN = Mass Care/ Mass Fatality / Clinical
ENV = Environmental / Worker Safety / Climate / Chemical
VUL = Children / Special Populations/ Vulnerable Populations
PSY = Mental Health  

These are materials sourced from Columbia University affiliated faculty and have been provided for informational viewing purposes. 

Please e-mail us at crlc@columbia.edu if you have any questions.

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CLIN 2602 - Influenza Pandemics in Context

Stephen C. Redd, MD, Rear Admiral and Assistant Surgeon General, United States Public Health Service & Director, reviews three past pandemics - 1918, 1939, and 2009 - and describes the unique sense of uncertainty on American society during each period, as well as the unique policy decisions that had to be made in each circumstance. (Created: August 2011)

CLIN 2603 - Smallpox: The Death of A Disease

D.A. Henderson, Dean Emeritus and Professor of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health discusses the global eradication of smallpox. Dr. Henderson inspires his public health audience to pursue infectious disease eradication with resourceful and creative ideas, and to not be constrained by "knowing what can't be done." (Created August 2011)

COM 1303 - Principles of Disaster and Public Health Emergencies for Journalists

To improve the quality of public health reporting, the CRLC has produced a webinar instructing journalists on how to work more effectively with public health partners. The webinar shares strategies and best practices for reporters to improve dialogue and regular communication with public health officials in the communities they cover. Strategies for effectively translating essential health messages to the public are also addressed. (Created: May 2009)

COM 1304 / CLIN 1601 - Communicating Around Mass Trauma: Implications for Public Health and Response

Jeanne Meserve, CNN Homeland Security Correspondent, discusses ways to communicate about mass trauma incidents, and provides several lessons learned pertaining to the public health response after the release of anthrax in 2001. She describes how quickly the information changed during that period, and how inaccurate and misleading many of the initial U.S. public health announcements were. (Created: September 2011)

ENV 1707 - Disaster Response in Japan: What You Need to Know If You Might Go

This 12 minute training is conducted by Richard Garfield, RN DrPH. The earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster which occurred in Japan demonstrate the need for special skills among international relief workers assisting in the recovery. Organizations need to consider how they will work with public and private institutions, and what they'll need to know and bring. Lessons learned from this training can also be applied to other international relief efforts. (Created: March 2011)

ENV 1708 - Japan's Public Health Response: A First-Hand Account

Dr. Robert Bristow,Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Columbia University Medical Center, discusses the emergency medical response in Japan immediately following the 2011 tsunami and earthquake. He asserts that the Japanese citizenry had a strong sense of community preparedness, which US policy makers should take note of for future planning, particularly for similar disasters on the U.S. West coast. (Created: April 2011)

ENV 2706 - Aid in Japan: A First-Hand Account

Dr. Kate Uraneck, Senior Medical Coordinator at the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response in the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, discusses her experience in aiding Japan's recovery effort following the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. She describes the enormous loss of health infrastructure as well as how evacuations, crisis communication, and sheltering were conducted. She concludes with lessons learned for the U.S. public health sector. (Created May 2011)

ENV 2709 - Potential Health Effects from Radioactive Emissions

Dr. David Brenner, Director of the Center for Radiological Research at the Columbia University Medical Center, provides a 30 minute primer on radiation exposure, addressing the scientific facts and common misconceptions. He describes how a nuclear reactor works and how the Dai-ichi plant in Japan began to leak radiation after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. He also outlines risk communication strategies that the U.S. public health sector should take note of.(Created: March 2011)

EPI 1402 - Conducting Research in a Post Disaster Setting

Conducting Research in a Post Disaster Setting. (Created: June 2010)

EPI 2403/ CLIN 2604 - Examining the Unanticipated Consequences of Pandemic Flu

This webinar, narrated by David Abramson, PhD, focuses on the methods of examining potential population effects of a flu pandemic. Ways to conduct policy reviews, focus groups, operational research and computer modeling are discussed.(Created: June 2010)

EPI 2405 - The Ghost Map (Dr. John Snow’s Maps and The Impact on Public Health)

Steven Johnson, author of the Ghost Map, describes the ways in which Dr. John Snow incorporated spatial analysis techniques during London's 1854 Cholera outbreak. He then addresses ways in which these same techniques can be leveraged and enhanced today through the usage of new geospatial technologies. In closing, he discusses the possibilities of this analysis for the public health field, particularly in relation to mapping human behavior during large scale epidemics.(Created: December 2009)

EPI 2406 - Volunteered Geographic Information

Volunteered Geographic Information. (Created: December 2009)

PREP 1108 - Preparedness Wizard

Learn about disaster preparedness and create an emergency preparedness plan for you and your family, based on the risks you are most susceptible to. You will get a personalized report customized to your needs. (Updated: June 2011)

PREP 1109 - The Future of Global Health

Dr. Laurie Garrett, Senior Fellow for Global Health and the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations, speaks about "The Future of Global Health." Dr. Garrett provides a broad framework for society's response to pandemic threats by discussing funding for global health, as well as the impact of the environment and population growth. (Created Aug. 2011)

PREP 2106 - Looking Ahead: Mitigating the Health Consequences of Future Disasters

Dr. Nicole Lurie, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, discusses the unprecedented investment that has been made in the science of public health preparedness and medical countermeasures since September 11th, 2001. She addresses the ways we can better mitigate the consequences of future disasters and provides 5 mitigation strategies that all public health agencies should consider. (Created: September 2011)

PREP 2107 - Negotiating Issues Related to Pandemic Influenza Preparedness

John E. Lange, Director of the Global Health Program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and former U.S. Ambassador to Botswana, discusses virus sample sharing and access to vaccines among different nations. He notes that pandemic threats are not just health issues, but rather a burden on every sector of society. He asserts that community mitigation measures - that governments will need to employ in the first months of a pandemic - are an essential element in any pandemic response. (Created August 2011)

PREP 3105 - Israel's Lessons Learned in Emergency Preparedness

This web-based seminar discusses similarities and differences in disaster and emergency planning, preparedness, and response between the United States and Israel. Lessons learned are presented in order to facilitate better U.S. planning and organization of emergency and disaster response among public safety and public health agencies in the future. (Created: May 2010)

PSY 1901 / VUL 1804 - Human Dimension to Disaster Recovery

Dr. Irwin Redlener, Principal Investigator of the Columbia Regional Learning Center, describes how improved coordination of intelligence services, enhanced detection of biological agents, and better infrastructure capacity can enable the public health sector to work more effectively. He also talks about the need for mobile medical care, electronic medical records, and further preparation for medical healthcare facility evacuations. (August 2011)

VUL 2805 - The Public Health Impacts of a Catastrophic Hurricane and Flooding: Voices from Katrina

Employing a Hurricane Katrina case study and multiple resources, including voices from senior public health officials from Louisiana and Mississippi, this engaging webinar, presented by Dr. David Abramson, prompts emergency planners to consider critical elements to planning for and responding to large scale emergency events.
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