Global Public Health: Pandemics and Beyond

Fall - September 18–November 21, 2021
Modality, Day & Time:
Online - Sunday, 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Pia Daniel

Course Description

This course focuses on the preparation for and management of global public health disasters. The course's key learning objective is the utilization of a standardized, all-hazards approach to disasters based on globally accepted best practices. The “all-hazards” approach refers to the standardized actions that can be applied to various types of disasters (rather than developing individualized responses to an infinite number of possible disasters). The course consists of simulations, lectures, and interactive sessions to develop a broad understanding of disasters leading to global public health crises and the issues related to their management.

The course focuses on public health disasters related biologic events such as pandemics and other disasters resulting from chemical, radiologic, nuclear, and explosive events. It is designed for those interested in understanding the unique response, policy decisions, planning components, and gaps that need solutions in public health disasters at the local and international level. Future careers in global public health disaster response include pre-hospital services, health departments, hospitals, law enforcement, government organizations, non-government organizations, and major institutions. The course includes asynchronous work, which students are expected to complete between class sessions.

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PUBH0201 | Call Number: 15151

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Pia Daniel

Pia Daniel MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and the Medical Director of Emergency Preparedness at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. She completed her Emergency Medicine residency and Emergency Preparedness Fellowship at SUNY Downstate Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Daniel completed her Masters in Public Health at Columbia University, with a focus across three areas of expertise: organizational leadership and management, health policy and public health, and health systems. Dr Daniel developed a niche in Disaster Preparedness and Response, combining her MD and MPH degrees to promote disaster readiness, response and recovery. She serves on the New York City Health Care Coalition Leadership Council Governance Board, working with the NYC Department of Health to support NY’s health care system preparedness and continuity of operations during disasters. She has also served as Chair of Board of Directors for The American College of Academic International Medicine, working to promote disaster preparedness public health programs globally. Dr. Daniel has helped develop multiple disaster drills including adult mass casualty incidents and pediatric hospital evacuations for hospitals and disaster coalitions in the NYC area. Dr. Daniel has worked with NYC Department of Health on developing and testing policies related to Disaster Response and led a Disaster Response team to help the relief efforts for the Puerto Rico 2017 Hurricanes. Dr. Daniel has organized disaster preparedness seminars for medical conferences in India, Sri Lanka and Qatar. She has published on disaster response and training; presented her research at multiple international conferences, including IPRED in Israel, INDUS EM in India and WADEM in South Africa. Dr. Daniel completed medical school at UMDNJ Rutgers in New Jersey and an undergraduate degree at NYU, New York.

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