Learning Sessions and Demos
Improving the operational performance of disaster responders is a national priority. The objective of this study was to characterize US-based disaster training courses currently available to disaster medicine and public health professionals. Its purpose is to better inform policies and decision-making regarding workforce and professional development.
Through a search of online course inventories, the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (NCDMPH) identified 3,662 trainings. The educational approach was entirely knowledge-based for all courses and 99.6% were designed to impart only lower levels of learning, per Bloom’s taxonomy.
Despite the large number of courses available, there remain significant gaps in target audience, subject matter content, educational approaches and delivery modalities of these courses, particularly for health and public health professionals. These gaps represent significant impediments for development of competency among US public health and medical professionals.
In a companion study, the NCDMPH identified 196 humanitarian assistance and disaster response (HA/DR) courses from across the Department of Defense. There is an abundance of CBRNE content relative to all other HA/DR relevant focus areas. The DOD largely focuses education and training toward developing military leaders across the continuum. The currently available trainings do not reflect a greater strategy or unity of effort. They are not based in disaster medicine and public health competencies, as defined by the field.