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Pediatrics in Disasters Course


The curriculum for the Pediatrics in Disasters course was revised in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Pan American Health Organization with the participation of health professionals working at Save the Children, Médecins Sans Frontières, and the United Nations High Commission on Refugees.


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Cost: English is $25 without certificate of completion or $100 with certificate of completion. Spanish handbook and online materials have not been revised, therefore, the cost is $0 (no certificate available).


From the earthquakes in Haiti, Chile and China, to floods in Pakistan and the deadly Asian tsunami, natural disasters have increasingly caused unimaginable levels of destruction and death. In 2009 there was nearly one natural disaster daily somewhere in the world, killing an estimated 10,655 persons and affecting 119 million others through loss of homes or livelihood. Complex humanitarian emergencies resulting from an international or civil war continue to increase in frequency. 

Although a quarter of the world’s population is under the age of five, 50% of the victims of man-made and natural disasters are children.  Children are disproportionately victims of both man-made and natural disasters.  Because of the vulnerability of children and adolescents, physicians and public health professionals must ensure that local, regional, and national disaster preparedness planning meets the specific needs of children and adolescents.

In order to do this effectively physicians and public health professionals must be trained and motivated to take on this task.  This on-line training provides the core principles of disaster planning and response. 

 The 10 Modules covered in the training include the following​

1. Disasters and their effects upon the population: Key concepts
2. Preventive medicine in humanitarian emergencies
3. Planning and triage in the disaster scenario
4. Pediatric trauma
5. Management of prevalent infections in children following a disaster
6. Diarrhea and dehydration
7. Delivery and immediate neonatal care
8. Nutrition and malnutrition
9. The emotional impact of disasters in children and their families
10. Toxic  exposures

Non clinicians may wish to skip the modules that deal with specific clinical issues such as pediatric trauma, prevalent infections, and neonatal care. However, when carrying out the training most non clinicians appreciated learning about these clinical issues.

Whether you are a student or a health care professional, the Center for Global Health at the Colorado School of Public Health provides this online Pediatrics in Disasters course for your work in the world of global health.

The virtual classroom environment encourages you to engage with video lectures, PowerPoint handouts, video tutorials for problem based exercises, and interactive problem based exercises. The training also includes a pre-test, post-test, and training evaluation.

We hope the participants of this training; will become involved in disaster preparedness planning at your local, regional, and national levels so that needs of children in your communities will be better addressed following a disaster. 


 This site has been jointly created by the Center for Global Health, Colorado School of Public Health and the Maternal and Child Health Department of Maimonides University; both of which are WHO Collaborating Centers in Maternal and Child Health. 

The course materials were developed with input from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), and the Association for Health Research & Development (ACINDES). 

We would also like to acknowledge the contributions of the following people and organizations in the development of this online course. 

  • Course Director: Stephen Berman, MD, FAAP
  • Project Manager: Daniel Nelson
  • Interactive Exercise Designer: Prof. Dr. Arnoldo Grosman
  • Interactive Exercise Team: Lic. Gilda Cecilia Azema and Gabriela Urman
  • Web Design for Interactive Cases: Estudio INI / DNA Design Studio
  • Online Site Development and Marketing: Michelle Shiver, Molly Moss and Lyndsey Crum, JD 

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Mail Stop A090
Aurora, CO 80045


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