Available Until 4/23/2023

Health and Disasters: Understanding the International Context

This online course identifies who's who (and why) in the international disaster community, their roles and responsibilities in pre- and post-disaster situations, and the type of information they may offer or require to respond to real or perceived needs, with a particular focus on health.

The health impact of disasters that occur outside the United States is similar to domestic disasters and can have important repercussions for U.S. communities and agencies, either because they now perceive a shared vulnerability and risk, or because a large diaspora exists in the U.S. that will demand information. This course for information specialists, librarians, and other related professionals looks at key actors and their roles and responsibilities in the international disaster community. The course also explores the types of information they may offer or require to respond to real or perceived needs, with a particular focus on health.

This course is part of the MLA Disaster Information Specialization.


  •     An International Conversation about Disasters
  •     The Health Impact of Disasters
  •     Overview of International Disaster Management
  •     Who is Who in the International Disaster Community
  •     Using this Information in Your Work

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the health impact of disasters, particularly in an international context.
  • Explain disaster risk reduction and management practices in international disasters and public health crises.
  • Describe the breadth of the field and the variety of information needs your constituents may have with regard to disasters occurring outside the United States.


Health information professionals interested in increasing their knowledge and skills in Disaster Information Management.

MLA CE Credits: 4

This course was adopted from the Network of the National Library of Medicine and updated by MLA using funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Cooperative Agreement number UG4LM012344 with the University of Utah, Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library.

Credit Information

Activity Number Credit Amount Accreditation Period
MLA 4 MLA CE Credits April 23, 2021 - April 23, 2023