ICS in Action: Using the Incident Command System in Public Health Outbreak Investigations
Length: 150 minutes
This presentation by CPHP and Public Health Regional Surveillance Team (PHRST) 6, is designed to help public health professionals at the local level integrate use of the Incident Command System (ICS) into a common public health department activity: investigating a disease outbreak. This training has accompanying activities which are an integral part of the training content. All activities will be provided as you progress through the training.
Please note: prerequisites for this training are completion of ICS trainings 100, 200, and 700 and training or experience in disease outbreak investigation. In addition, completion of ICS 300 is strongly recommended for persons who might serve as Command Staff or General Staff. These trainings can be accessed from the FEMA Web site
These learning modules are applicable to all public health, medical, veterinary, pharmacy, emergency management, hospital and other professionals interested in public health preparedness. These modules are created by faculty and guest lecturers at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.
- Describe how ICS can benefit disease outbreak investigations undertaken by local public health department staff
- Use appropriate ICS terminology to describe the roles and tasks that public health staff assume in an outbreak investigation
- Give examples of the ICS steps taken in outbreak investigations
- For a hypothetical disease outbreak: Demonstrate the ability to develop an Incident Action Plan, carry out an operational briefing, and formulate positions and an organizational chart for how an outbreak response might be organized
Competencies and Capability Functions Addressed
This training addresses selected applied epidemiology, core public health, and public health preparedness and response competencies and public health preparedness capability functions as noted below. (Please note: The following training does not provide comprehensive or in-depth treatment of specified competencies or capability functions, it provides basic knowledge of the competencies or capability functions listed below.)
|Applied Epidemiology Competencies Tier 1|
|Recognize the existence of a public health problem (I.A.1)|
|Collaborate with others inside and outside the agency to identify the problem (I.A.3)|
|Public Health Preparedness Capabilities|
|Capability 3, Function 2: Activate public health emergency operations|
|Capability 3, Function 3: Develop incident response strategy|
|Capability 3, Function 4: Manage and sustain the public health response|
|Capability 13, Function 2: Conduct public health and epidemiological investigations|
|Public Health Preparedness & Response Core Competencies|
|1.1. Solve problems under emergency conditions.|
|2.1. Manage information related to an emergency.|
|2.3. Report information potentially relevant to the identification and control of an emergency through the chain of command.|
|3.2. Contribute expertise to the development of emergency plans.|
National Incident Management System (NIMS) Training Courses (including IS-100.a, IS-200.a and IS-700.a)
State Offices and Agencies of Emergency Management (providers of ICS-300)
FEMA ICS Resource Center
PHRST 6 ICS Resources
CPHP and PHRST 6.
Rachel A. Wilfert, MD, MPH, CPH
The author(s) and reviewer(s) of this training have no personal financial relationships with commercial interests relevant to this presentation to disclose.
Continuing Education Credit:
The UNC Center for Public Health Preparedness offers the following continuing education credit/s on this training. Eligibility for all continuing education credit is determined on an annual basis.
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