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Natural Disasters: Tsunamis


Approximately 20 minutes

Course Description:

The course "Natural Disasters: Tsunamis" examines the causes, history, and devastating power of tsunamis. It also prepares the enrollee to recognize health concerns that are caused by tsunamis and provides protective measures for health care personnel and others to take in the event of a tsunami.

This course was created by Pacific EMPRINTS, at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Anthropology. Development of the course was aided in part by Alan Katz, MD, MPH. Creation of the course was funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Grant No. T01HP6427-0100.


This course fulfills, in part, the following Core Competencies for Teaching Emergency Preparedness to Health Professions Students and Clinical Personnel:
  1. Explain the concepts of and describe functional response roles for one’s profession, health agencies, and community members.
  2. List and describe the different phases of disasters.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:
  1. Understand the causes, strength, speed, and destructive force of a tsunami.
  2. Take appropriate preventative measures to reduce the likelihood of contracting illness from contaminated water.
  3. Recognize potential health hazards while working in relief efforts during and following a tsunami.

Target Audiences:

Physicians, Nurses, Dentists, Pharmacists, Veterinarians, Emergency Medical Services personnel, Other Public Health personnel

Certificate of Completion:

A Certificate of Completion is available to be printed for this course upon completion of the post-test with a score of 80% or higher.

Cost: FREE*

*subject to change without notice.