Incident Command System
Length: 20 minutes
This module provides an overview of the Incident Command System (ICS), including its history, key components, structure and how it can be used in public health.
|This training was developed with the support of the UNC Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (UNC PERLC), a funded project of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC Cooperative Agreement 1U90TP000415). The UNC PERLC gratefully acknowledges the contributions of the West Virginia Center for Threat Preparedness and the North Carolina Public Health Preparedness and Response Branch in shaping the content and framework for this training.|
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.
- Discuss the history and uses of ICS
- Explain the principles of ICS
- Provide examples of how ICS has been used in public health
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.)
|Public Health Preparedness Capabilities|
|Capability 3, Function 2: Activate public health emergency operations|
|Capability 3, Function 3: Develop incident response strategy|
|Public Health Preparedness & Response Core Competencies|
|1.1. Solve problems under emergency conditions.|
Adams et al. Utilization of an Incident Command System for a public health threat: West Nile virus in Nassau County, New York 2008. J Public Health Manag. Pract. 2010; 16(4):309-315
ICS-100.b - Introduction to Incident Command System, ICS-100 [Training Program]. Federal Emergency Management Agency. Accessed at http://emilms.fema.gov/IS100b/index.htm
ICS in Action: Using the Incident Command System in Public Health Outbreak Investigations [Training Program on DVD]. North Carolina Center for Public Health Preparedness, University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health; 2009.
NIMS and the Incident Command System. Federal Emergency Management Agency. November 23, 2004. http: http://www.fema.gov/txt/nims/nims_ics_position_paper.txt Accessed November 2011.
Public Health Regional Surveillance Team 6. Incident Command System Practicum. Presented at NACCHO Preparedness Summit; February 20, 2009.
Tanya Montoya, MPH, MCHES
UNC CPHP Reviewer:
Allison George, MPH, MCHES
Subject Matter Expert Reviewer:
Susan Sullivan, RN-BC, MS, Public Health Nurse Consultant, Training/Exercise Facilitator, Public Health Preparedness and Response Branch Central Regional Office, North Carolina Division of Public Health
Additional Expertise Provided by:
Jerry Rhodes, Director, Center for Threat Preparedness, WV Bureau for Public Health
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.
- Continuing Nursing Education Credit
Continuing education credit is provided through the Public Health Nursing and Professional Development (PHNPD) Unit in the NC Department of Health and Human Services.
PHNPD is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the North Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
Reviewer: Hazel Moore, MSN
Continuing Education Specialist
North Carolina Institute for Public Health
Contact Hours: 0.65 based on instructional time spent on training and evaluation activities.
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