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Rapid Needs Assessment with Hand Held Devices (EPI 2401)Rapid Needs Assessment with Hand Held Devices (EPI 2401)

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. 

Estimated Length: 45 minute(s)


Name View Schedule
Online Lesson1. Pre-Test -
Online Lesson2. Rapid Needs Assessment with Hand Held Devices -
Online Lesson3. Post-Test -
Online Lesson4. Satisfaction Survey -


 Course Objective:

The purpose of this course is to:

  • Introduce and encourage use of mobile GIS hand-held devices for rapid needs assessment data collection in order to speed up public health response following an emergency or disaster event

Key Messages:

  • Public health must be prepared to respond quickly to emergencies.
  • Improving public health response to emergencies requires increasing the speed of data collection and analysis.
  • Mobile GIS hand-held devices can be employed by public health departments to quickly assess population needs.


Public Health Emergency Preparedness Capabilities:

  • Public Health Surveillance and Epidemiologic Investigation
  • Community Recovery


Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (CDC):

  • 2.1 Manage information related to an emergency.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • List 3 problems with traditional data collection methods
  • Describe 3 ways that usage of mobile GIS hand-held devices can increase the speed of rapid needs assessment
  • List 3 potential uses for mobile GIS hand-held devices beyond rapid needs assessments
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