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Introduction to Triage and Public Health: Healthcare Response to Disasters (Podcast)


Approximately 24 minutes

Course Description:

The podcast "Introduction to Triage and Public Health: Healthcare Response to Disasters" features an interview with Dr. Kristine Qureshi, RN, CEN, DNSc. Topics covered include mass casualty incident triage, epidemic triage, reverse triage, and the role of public health in disaster response.

This podcast was created by Pacific EMPRINTS, at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Creation of the course was funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Grant No. T01HP6427-0100.


This podcast 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 public health interventions that are part of a response to surveillance signals.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this podcast, participants will be able to:
  1. Describe mass casualty incident triage categories.
  2. Understand the basic outline of the START Triage Algorithm.
  3. Differentiate between mass casualty incident triage, epidemic triage, and reverse triage.

Target Audiences:

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


Kristine Qureshi, RN, CEN, DNSc.
Dr. Qureshi has extensive experience in the area of community and public health disaster preparedness. She is the former Program Director of the Columbia University Center for Public Health Preparedness, and served as a co-investigator on previous HRSA Bioterrorism Continuing Education and Curriculum Enhancement grants through Columbia University. Dr. Qureshi has previously worked with public health agencies, first responder groups, and community-based providers to develop competency-based disaster preparedness training programs.

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.