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Course Details

Course Details

Course Code: PBHE540 Course ID: 2830 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course is a fascinating study of the concepts of medical and healthcare issues in emergency management in mass-casualty and high-impact incidents. The student will learn about the planning and coordination--from the national to the local levels--necessary to respond to disasters that are natural (such as earthquakes, floods, tornadoes and heat waves); industrial, technological and transportation (such as hazardous materials, air crashes and mass gatherings); conflict-related (such as terrorist attacks and mass shootings); as well as the education, training and research done before, during and after these events.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
10/26/20 - 04/02/21 04/05/21 - 05/30/21 Spring 2021 Session B 8 Week session
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 06/27/21 Spring 2021 Session I 8 Week session
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

• Analyze the general concepts of disaster medicine and the effects they have on the human population.
• Demonstrate planning principles used during a disaster response, planning and coordination.
• Assess the emergency management response and healthcare issues associated with a natural disaster.
• Appraise methods of education, training and research to be utilized in response to disaster medicine.

Discussions:

Please join the Discussion each week. Replies must be posted in the week due and replies after the end of the each week will not be graded or receive credit. The discussions are for student interaction and input and must be submitted before the week ends in order to receive full credit. Students should demonstrate their own knowledge in the discussions and avoid copying and pasting from websites. The Rubric is attached to discussion description.

Guidelines:

Initial Response:

  • Post your initial response to each discussion by 11:55pm, ET, Wednesday.
  • Initial responses should have substance where students explore, explain, and expand upon issues being discussed, and apply relevant course materials.
  • Students should analyze course concepts, theories or materials correctly, using examples or supporting evidence.
  • Initial responses should be supported by at least two references (APA referencing format is not required for discussions)

Peer Responses:

  • For each discussion, reply to at least 2 of your classmates by 11:55pm, ET, Sunday.
  • Students are required to respond to at least two (2) other student’s initial postings (and the instructor) with significant comments that have substance.
  • Students should collaborate with fellow learners, relating the discussion to course concepts, add several innovative ideas, and provide considerable additional insight that relates to core concepts.
  • Peer responses should include at least two (2) of the following components: Offering advice; posing a question; providing an alternative point-of-view; and acknowledging similar experiences.
  • Peer responses should be supported by at least one reference (APA referencing format is not required for discussions)
  • All discussions can be accessed in the discussion section of the course.
  • A Discussion rubric is included in the discussion section of the course
  • More in-depth specific instructions for each discussion can be found in the discussion tab within the course.
  • Late Discussion posts receive a 10% per day late penalty. If your 2 peer responses are posted after the week is ended (after Day 7, Sunday) they receive a zero, and that the discussion is finished. You cannot receive credit for participation in a discussion with others after the discussion week has closed.
  • If there are less than 3 students in the course, only one (1) peer posting will be required. Your peer postings should challenge or expound upon at least one of the points made by your peer, and “I agree” does not constitute as an adequate response. As graduate students, you will be expected to provide comprehensive, relevant and well supported points in your assignments.

We all bring something unique to the classroom, from our understanding, our experiences, and our value systems. We honor and respect each person’s diverse beliefs to help us see beyond the classroom to be the most effective individuals we can be. Therefore, we should all be respectful of others while expressing our viewpoints and opinions. Proper Netiquette behavior is expected. Any inflammatory, demeaning or disrespectful language in a posting will be immediately removed from the discussion space.

Assignments

FEMA Online Trainings: There are five online trainings that are required for this course. These assignments are completed at the FEMA website and the link and details are provided in the assignment tab.

Week 4 - Short Paper on Natural Disasters and Emergency Management: Write a 5-7 paged paper and include: title page, an introduction, the body in which all items below are addressed and references cited, a well-defined conclusion, and reference page. You will need to write clearly and concisely to address all items in 5 pages. Your paper must include at least 5 scholarly references (no Wikipedia!). References should be scholarly peer reviewed journal articles, official reports or from other reading resources. Avoid using secondary sources like non-scholarly websites or textbooks.

Each disaster follows a general pattern in its development and dividing disasters into phases is useful from both a response and research point of view. Select a natural disaster, preferably one that may occur where you currently live (but one from the list below).

  • Earthquake
  • Tsunami

  • Tornado 

  • Flood 

  • Fire 

  • Winter Storm 

  • Heat-related Disaster 

  • Volcanic Eruption 

  • Avalanche 


You must address in your paper the following:

1) Utilizing the fundamental principles of healthcare incident managements, describe how your selected disaster fits into these principles.

2) What issues in this disaster would make triaging of victims a challenge?

3) What types of injuries are most likely to occur?


4) What issues may uniquely affect the vulnerable populations (such as children and elderly populations) during this specific event? 


5) What Public Health issues may ensue (i.e., infectious disease outbreaks) and what can we do to mitigate the events? 


6) How can interagency cooperation and local collaboration be effectively utilized?

7) Include any considerations unique to the disaster including pre-and post-incident pitfalls.

Week 7 - Final Paper on Emergency Management in Healthcare Issues: An important component of this course is the final paper. You will select a topic pertinent to Emergency Management with a focus on a Medical or Healthcare Issue – it should be based on one we’ve discussed in the course Forums and it must include key disaster medicine / emergency management concepts learned in the course to demonstrate your overall content knowledge. You must also construct a new approach to addressing an aspect of the medical or healthcare-related emergency management issue.

Write a 10-12 paged paper that includes: title page, abstract, introduction, a body in which the topic is developed and references cited, a well-defined conclusion, and reference page.

Your research should include a minimum of 4 of the following sections below (however, you will likely need to use more than 4 and/or create additional section headers as appropriate for your paper):

  • New Approach (required): You will construct a new approach to addressing an aspect of the medical or healthcare-related emergency management issue you cover.
  • Mechanism of Injury (MOI)
  • Casualty Figures
  • Triage Challenges
  • Medical Response
  • Urban Search and Rescue
  • Inter-agency Collaboration
  • Public Health Issues
  • Communication and Media Relations
  • Preparedness-Planning
  • Logistical Issues
  • Pitfalls

    Your paper must include at least 7-10 scholarly references (no Wikipedia!). Avoid using secondary sources like websites or textbooks. Instead, use primary, scholarly journals, reports, etc. If you include a graph or chart (data), the chart/graph should take up NO MORE than ¼ page, and be properly cited.

Your final paper (and all assignments) must follow American Psychological Association (APA) guidelines for references and bibliographic citation. Refer to the APA Publication Manual (6th ed.). Other APA websites are available through the Library.

  • More specific instructions for each assignment can be found in the Assignment tab within the course.
  • Assignments submitted late without advance notice AND instructor approval will receive a 5% per day late penalty and will not be accepted for grading five (5) days past the due date.
  • Refer to the Lessons and Resources sections in the classroom for information about all readings in this course.
  • Each week’s Lesson contains all the material for the week.
  • For most weeks, course readings are a mix of professional sources (such as peer-reviewed journal articles and governmental publications) and “popular” sources, such as newspaper articles, professional magazine articles, and websites intended for the public. All required course readings are freely downloadable from the course website or from other websites.
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.*
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Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.