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Welcome to the Columbia Regional Learning Center's new learning management system. In order to take our online courses, you will need to register as a new learner. The Login link is on the right-hand side of this page.

These online courses have the following structure: Pre test, interactive slideset, post test, and satisfaction survey. After completion of these units, you will receive a certificate of completion that you can print out. Your computer should have the latest version of the Flash player, which can be downloaded for free at this web address: Each of these courses will take approximately 2 hours to complete.

Other webinars and video taped conference lectures are available within our Course Catalog, which is available from the top menu. You can also explore our Homepage for recent updates regarding the development of new curricula for the public health workforce.

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

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CLIN 2605 - Mass Fatality Management: A NYC Perspective

Barbara Butcher, Chief of Staff, and Director of Forensic Investigations at the NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner provides an overview of the core issues in Mass Fatality Management Operations. In this presentation learners are presented with the definition of mass fatality management, the primary objectives and description of tasks and responsibilities the newest state-of-the-art technologies that codify mass fatality management and the critical role of the Disaster Victim Identification Unit.

CLIN 2606 - Emergency Preparedness and Management of Mass Fatalities: Pandemic Influenza

Barbara Butcher, Chief of Staff, and Director of Forensic Investigations at the NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner provides an overview of the core issues in Mass Fatality Management Operations as they apply to pandemic influenza.

COM 2302 - Risk Communication for High Risk and At-Risk Populations

This course will help learners understand how high-risk groups hear, interpret, and act upon critical risk communication messages. The course will help learners develop strategies for constructing appropriate communication messages, and also for developing community-based feedback loops to engage high-risk groups. (Created: February 2012)

COM 3305 - Social Media in Preparedness and Response

This course is about the use of social media in preparedness and response.

ENV 1703 - Chemical Emergencies and the Role of Public Health

Chemicals are part of our everyday lives and are used in common products, such as cleaning solutions, pesticides, and building materials. Because chemicals can be toxic to humans and the environment, regulations and guidelines help to monitor their manufacture, use and disposal. This training aims to provide learners with an introduction to chemical emergencies and response. This training focuses on large-scale releases of chemicals that can have a significant public health impact. (Updated Nov 2011)

ENV 1704 - Climate Change: Public Health Preparedness and Response

Without substantial changes in emissions rates, climate change from the buildup of greenhouse gases is likely to lead to extensive transformations of U.S. ecosystems and coastlines later this century. The online course includes a pre-test, a one hour interactive module specifically addressing the climate predictions outlined by U.S. Federal agencies. After passing the latter portion, the learner can participate in an interactive case study and receive a certificate of completion. (Updated Nov 2011)

ENV 2702 - Public Health Risks of Ionizing Radiation

During this online course, participants will be introduced to the differences between ionizing and non ionizing radiation, the differences between exposure and contamination, biological effects of radiation on humans, and methods used to keep exposure on humans as low as reasonably achievable. All of the content is narrated by Dr. Eric J. Hall, Professor Emeritus of Radiation Oncology and Radiology, College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University. (Updated Dec 2011)

ENV 3705 - Sea Level Rise and Flood Risk for Long Island Sound

Dr. Gornitz presents a brief discussion on the trends in sea level rise and potential flood risk for Long Island Sound, with a specific focus on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) forecasts. (Created: June 2011)

ENV 3710 - Chemical Terrorism Laboratory Level 3 Training for Hospitals: Clinical Specimen Collection and Handling

This online course provides valuable information for New York City hospital personnel responsible for collecting and handling clinical specimens in the event of a chemical terrorism incident. This is information that you need to know in order to comply with the protocols established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. (Created 2007) This training is intended for hospital staff in the 5 boroughs of New York City.

ENV 3711 - The Nurse's Role and Climate Change

The online course specifically addresses the nursing role in climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies. It includes a pre-test, a one hour interactive module incorporating a case study, and a post test.

EPI 2401 - Rapid Needs Assessment with Hand Held Devices

A discussion on the challenges of rapid field response after large scale disasters, and the solution offered by using mobile GIS hand-held devices for data collection in a rapid needs assessment. Several case study examples in which hand-held devices have been used are provided, as well as an evolving list of other potential uses of mobile GIS hand-held devices for public health emergency preparedness and response.

EPI 2407 - Analysis of Information in Humanitarian Emergencies

This video based lecture series conducted by Professor Richard Garfield, PhD, Columbia University School of Nursing, covers ways to analyze information during major humanitarian emergencies.

EPI 2408 - Surveillance and Forecasting of Emerging Infectious Diseases

Stephen S. Morse, PhD, Columbia University Professor of Epidemiology and Director, USAID PREDICT, discusses global capacity to monitor diseases at the animal-human interface and develop a risk-based approach to concentrate these efforts in surveillance, prevention, and response at the most critical points for disease emergence from wildlife.

EPI 3404 - Spatial Approaches to Disaster Epidemiology: Dr. Snow Meets the Rev. Bayes

Charles DiMaggio, PhD, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Columbia University, discusses the benefits of incorporating Bayesian hierarchical modeling into spatial analysis of public health data. (Created: Nov. 2009)

MGMT 1201 - Elements of Leadership: Decision-Making & Problem-Solving Under Emergency Conditions

Public health emergencies often thrust public health professionals in to situations that require them to act quickly and decisively. These situations demand a “cool head” and a “steady hand,” the hallmarks of a good leader. (Created: January 2012)

MGMT 3202 - Be Prepared for the Unexpected: Public Health Pearls of Wisdom

This research videography project aimed to preserve the institutional memory of, and forever capture, the universal pieces of wisdom of 10 current and former New York metropolitan-area health department employees with over 250 years of combined experience. These video-driven trainings serve to preserve the institutional memory of the health department by leveraging the undocumented knowledge, skills, experience, and expertise.

POD 2501 - Advanced Topics in Point of Dispensing (POD): Design, Management, and Evaluation

This course focuses of the design, management and evaluation of point of dispensing (POD) sites during major disasters. (Created: January 2012)

PREP 1101 - Fundamentals of Emergency Preparedness

This online course uses the Columbia University-developed emergency preparedness competencies to educate the public health workforce about the preparation for and response to disasters and other public health emergencies. It includes a self-study online learning component, while also requiring learners to demonstrate individual competencies within their public health occupational role. Participants who successfully complete the course will receive a completion. (Updated Dec 2011)

PREP 1104 - Basic Emergency Preparedness for Dental Professionals

This online course, designed for the practicing dental professional, uses industry best-practices and dental association recommendations to educate the dental practitioner about the preparation for and response to disasters and other public health emergencies. Topics include: Roles and responsibilities of the dental team, disaster preparedness and planning, emergency care of disaster patients, and more. (Created: 2006)

PREP 1110 - Personal Emergency Preparedness: Planning for the Public Health Worker

This course introduces the learner to a variety of public health roles during a wide range of emergencies. Using an interactive, 5 action-step preparedness model learners will become better prepared for emergencies and disasters, personally and professionally. (Created: February 2012)

PREP 1112 - Methods of Risk Assessment in Planning for Disasters

This course is designed to introduce learners to the basic process of conducting a hazard and vulnerability assessment for their community. This course examines the fundamental concepts of hazard identification and vulnerability assessment in determine public health risk for emergency planning purposes.

PREP 2102/ ENV 2701 - Chem Rad Bio: Fundamentals for the Public Health Workforce

Chemical, biological, and radiological material as well as industrial agents can be dispersed in the air we breathe, the water we drink, or on surfaces we physically contact. This online course is intended to provide learners with a basic understanding of the threats posed by these agents, as well as the steps that can be taken to be part of a coordinated response. (Updated: December 2012)

PREP 2103 - The Home Health Care Workforce: Essential Community Partners in Preventing Transmission of Viral Respiratory Illness: Seasonal Influenza and Pandemic Influenza

An introduction of basics infection control methods and examples of day to day tasks performed by home health care (HHC) aides, emphasizing key principles and methods of disease control in the home healthcare client and in the community.CHES: 2.0 credits

PREP 2111 - A Plan for All Seasons: Basic Planning Guidance for the Local Level

During this webinar, expert planner Mitch Stripling, MPA, Director of Emergency Planning at New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, provides the learner with a rich planning environment, loaded with a suite of tools, as he shares his experience and critical thinking in emergency planning.

PSY 2902 / VUL 2806 - State of the Science: The Health and Mental Health Consequences of Catastrophic Events

Sandro Galea, MD, DrPH, discusses the public health consequences of the 9/11 attacks on post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and the interrelation between mental health and physical health. (Created: September 2011)

VUL 3801 - Dealing with Disaster Related Trauma in Children

This online course defines disaster related trauma and helps learners recognize possible “red flags” which may indicate the need for further intervention. Additionally, the course provides potential interventions to assist children in recovering from disaster related trauma and addresses "resilience" in disaster situations.
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