Disaster Preparedness for the Health Care Professional

Are you ready for the next inevitable disaster or public health emergency? Whether you're an EMS responder, physician, nurse, social worker, health care student, or other health care provider, you will acquire foundational knowledge in preparedness, management, and response for disasters and large-scale public health emergencies in this 6-week course.

About The Course


Those interested in participating in this course have three options:

  1. Free Enrollment:  Click “Sign Up” to enroll in course for FREE and access course content and activities.
  2. Signature Track Enrollment:  Click “Signature Track” and follow the enrollment steps.  You will be required to pay a $39 non-refundable fee.  Upon course completion you will receive a verified certificate, which employers can search. What’s this?
  3. Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) Credit:  For healthcare professionals interested in earning Continuing Nurse Education (CNE) contact hours you must:
  • Complete Signature Track enrollment. 
  • Complete registration process through Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. You will be required to pay an additional non-refundable fee of $60 in addition to the $39 fee for signature track. 


If you’re interested in signing up for CNE Credit and have already signed up for Signature Track, click this link to register for CNE: https://www.regonline.com/disasterpreparedness


In this state of the art course we will be discussing personal and hospital-based preparedness for disasters and large-scale public health emergencies. This course will provide students with a heightened awareness and understanding of the natural and man-made hazards that create disaster events. Each topic in the course is presented by a leader and subject matter expert, allowing students to learn from some of the most highly-recognized stakeholders in disaster preparedness. Course content is designed to assist health care providers and students in acquiring cutting-edge, evidence-based disaster knowledge and skills in order to respond in a timely and appropriate manner and ultimately to increase hospital surge capacity. 

We start by presenting an overview of the foundational concepts underlying disaster preparedness with a focus on understanding individual health care provider roles and responsibilities within our existing emergency response systems as well as for personal and family preparedness. Next, we consider all components of a well-designed hospital preparedness program including redundant communications and situational awareness, the role of the health care provider in disaster operations and logistics, and education and training for workforce development. Finally, we cover the roles and responsibilities of health care providers in response to specific disaster and public health emergency events resulting from acts of terrorism, pandemic influenza and emerging highly infectious disease, chemical, biological and radiological emergencies, and natural disasters. 

In this six-week course, health care providers will acquire foundational knowledge in the health care management of victims of natural and man-made disasters and new strategies for increasing hospital surge capacity. Utilizing course exercises, case studies, and online discussions, students will have the opportunity to identify strategies and expert practices in the care of victims of disasters and public health emergencies.

Frequently Asked Questions

What resources will I need for this class?

Only a working computer and internet connection.

What is Continuing Nurse Education (CNE)?  

Per the American Nurse Credentialing Center, CNE activities are intended to build upon the educational and experiential bases of the professional RN for the enhancement of practice, education, administration, research, or theory development, to the end of improving the health of the public and RNs pursuit of their professional career goals.

What is the value of CNE? 

It provides an opportunity for professional development and lifelong learning.

I'm not a nurse, but CNE is offered for this course. Should I sign up for CNE?

Check with your professional organization to determine if it accepts ANCC contact hours.

Is CNE applicable to other professions?  

Check with your professional organization to determine if it accepts ANCC contact hours.

Does CNE apply to international audiences?

The ANCC is internationally recognized.  Check with your international licensing board to determine if it accepts ANCC contact hours.

Will my state accept CNE provided through the Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing?

"The IJHN is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation”.  The ANCC is recognized domestically and internationally.

Does CNE expire?  

Contact hours do not expire per se, but check with your professional organization regarding its required time frame for completion of CNE for licensing.

If I don't complete this course, will I be given partial credit?

The course must be completed in its entirety including the final evaluation in order to receive contact hours. The fee paid to the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing is not refundable. 

Recommended Background

This material is appropriate for all health professionals, students in the health professions, or individuals interested in disaster health services response. The course material is designed and best suited for healthcare providers or students enrolled in programs related to health, medicine, hospital administration, or health policy.