Once you register, you have 90 days to complete the course, and the module allows you to log on and log off, and it will remember your location in the program. For more information and/or to register please visit the University of Albany’s School of Public Health


This introductory course on pandemic influenza will help the learner understand why this virus is capable of producing worldwide outbreaks. Participants will explore the epidemiology, historical context, and response efforts related to both seasonal and worldwide influenza outbreaks.

At the end of this course, learners will be competent to describe the public health role in emergency response during an influenza outbreak or pandemic and to recognize unusual events that might indicate an emergency and describe appropriate action. Additionally, learners will be able to describe their functional role(s) in emergency response and apply flexible thinking to unusual challenges within their functional role. Several activities are designed to help the learner identify personal limits of knowledge, skill, and authority and direct the learner to useful resources when these limits have been exceeded. Refer to the Core Public Health Worker Competencies for Emergency Preparedness and Response (link opens PDF document in new window).


The course is intended for a broad range of public health professionals and community responders including bioterrorism coordinators, public health professionals and other clinical professionals.


After completing this course, the learner will be able to: