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General Course Information for COH 440: Preparedness & Disaster Mgmt

Course: COH 440 - Preparedness & Disaster Mgmt
Textbook: For the correct edition of the textbook assigned to a specific class, go to: http://www.nutextdirect.com

Course Prerequisite(s):
Course Description: Introductory study of the public health response to disasters at all levels of county, state and federal government. Emergency planning and management relative to human made and natural disasters will be explored. Students complete risk analysis, manage disaster preparation efforts, identify and analyze potential disasters,provide corrective action, plan, organize and implement contingency and recovery programs.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Describe the process response, mitigation and recovery process in regard to incident management.
  • Examine the resource management, leadership and legal role of the public official in incident management and response.
  • Apply the specific response models at different levels of government.
  • Analyze the organization and management structure of a metropolitan Emergency Operations Center, and the Department of Homeland Security.
  • Analyze the effectiveness of the current Public Health systems with regard to the response to human made and natural disasters.
  • Describe the public health preparedness models of all levels of government.
  • Analyze the potential risks of domestic or global nuclear, biological, chemical or natural disasters.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • MAJOR IN PUBLIC HEALTH
    • Assess the need for health promotion programs in response to the characteristics of diverse communities of interest using primary and secondary data.
    • Choose appropriate strategies and tactics to influence behavioral, environmental, and public policy change to address the health needs in a given community.
    • Describe behavioral and non-behavioral variables contributing to morbidity and mortality.
    • Describe the contributions of health disparities to morbidity and mortality among specific groups, communities, and societies.
    • Employ a variety of strategies to plan, implement, monitor and evaluate health promotion programs in a variety of settings to meet stated goals, objectives and established standards.
    • Evaluate the progress and outcomes of prevention programs in meeting stated goals and objectives and established standards.
    • Explain the core principles of public health and their relationship to the health status of groups, communities, and populations at the local, state, national, and international levels.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like: http://nu.libguides.com/citations

National University Library:
National University Library supports academic rigor and student academic success by providing access to scholarly books and journals both electronically and in hard copy. Print materials may be accessed at the Library in San Diego or through document delivery for online and regional students. Librarians are available to provide training, reference assistance, and mentoring at the San Diego Library and virtually for online or regional students. Please take advantage of Library resources:

URL: http://www.nu.edu/library.

Contact the Library:

  • RefDesk@nu.edu
  • (858) 541-7900 (direct line)
  • 1-866-NU ACCESS x7900 (toll free)

Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty: http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/plagiarism.shtml

Ethics:
Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Technology:
Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Diversity:
Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

Civility:
As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures