EOH Preparedness 2515

4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. MONDAY

GSPH - A 522 Crabtree Hall

Fall 2006


Joseph J. Schwerha, MD, MPH

Room: A718 Crabtree Hall

Phone: 412-624-9985 (work) or, 724-941-4874 (home)

412-383-7540 to contact my secretary, Maire Hirkulich


Office Hours: By Appointment


The purpose of the lectures in this course is to introduce preparedness to the individuals that are often consulted at the time of an emergency.

Course Objectives

  1. To understand and appreciate the characteristics of preparedness.
  2. To understand the role of disaster preparedness for the various types of disasters.
  3. To become sensitive to multicultural issues in the development of preparedness programs.
  4. To understand and be sensitive to ethical issues in preparedness.
  5. To be able to evaluate the contributions and limitations of all the topics discussed in this course.
  6. To encourage the integration of theoretical and experiential learning in order to form your own personal model of preparedness.


Environmental Health in Emergencies and Disasters 2002


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Class Schedule


Aug. 28Family ReadinessJoseph J. Schwerha, MD, MPH (EOH)

For Reading Material please go to:Chapters 1, 2, 3, 9



Sept. 4Holiday

Sept. 11Types of DisastersJoseph J. Schwerha, MD, MPH (EOH)

-hurricane, typhoon, drought, floodChapters 5, 6, 10

-earthquake, tornado, epidemic, fire, explosion

-look at EOH requirements in each kind of disaster

-project subject

For Reading Material please go to:



Sept. 18How to be PreparedMike Kuniak, MD (EOH)

for a Radiation DisasterChapter 13

For Reading Material please go to:


Sept. 25GISRavi Sharma, Ph.D.

(Geographic Information Systems)Department of

Behavioral and Community

Health Services

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Oct. 2Water and SewageJohn P. Jeffries Chapters 7, 8

Supervisor Allegheny County Health Dept.

Environmental Quality,

Public Drinking Water and Waste Management Programs

Oct. 9Theory of PPELawrence Keller,MS,CIH,CSP (EOH)

Oct. 16Introduction to DisasterRob Skertich, MPPM

Chief Operations Officer Chapter 5

American Red Cross, Southwestern

Pennsylvania Chapter

Oct. 23Preparing Hospitals Jay Harper, M.D., M.P.H.

for Pandemics

Oct. 30Public Health’s Role in Tony GaglierdChapter 4

Emergency ResponseAllegheny County Health Department

Nov. 613 County Disaster Plan WithVictor Tucci, MD Chapter 12

Respect to Environmental HazardsAllegheny County Health Dept.

Nov. 13OSHA’s Disaster ResponseBrendan Claybaugh

Occupational Safety and Health

Administration, Erie, PA

Nov. 20The Use of Electronic DataLuAnn Brink Chapter 11

.for Disease Detection(Allegheny County Health Dept.)

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Nov. 27Tailoring Your Al Wickline, Staff Instructor

Decontamination NeedsAllegheny County Fire Academy

and, Extrication and CERT (Community Emergency

Response Teams) Program

For Reading Material please go to:Chapters 14, 4



The final presentation will include a written paper with your 30 minute power point presentation. Your presentation is to include a complete review of how to manage all aspects of a major disaster.

Dec. 4Oral Exam Presentations Project with Power Point Presentation

Dec. 11Oral Exam Presentations Project with Power Point Presentation


Grading will be A, B, C, D and G. Attendance and participation is 40%, Presentation of a project is 60%. There will be no exams given in this course. These projects will be to design a response to a specific kind of disaster (e.g. floods, etc.) including listing all pertinent agencies and people involved.

Project must be approved by Dr. Schwerha.

Academic Integrity

All students are expected to comply with the University of Pittsburgh’s Policy on Academic Integrity. Any student suspected of violating this obligation for any reason during the semester will be required to participate in the procedural process, initiated at the instructor level, as outlined in the University Guidelines on Academic Integrity.


If you have a disability for which you are or may be requesting an accommodation, you are encouraged to contact both your Instructor and Disability Resources and Services, 216 William Pitt Union (412-648-7890) or TTY (412-383-7355) as early as possible in the Term. DRS will verify your disability and determine reasonable accommodations for this course.