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Required Course:

All members need to complete two basic introductory courses on the command system that is used in times of emergency. The courses can be taken online at your convenience. Once the course is completed and the quiz taken, a certificate is issued.  There are many courses available and some of the courses carry continuing education credits. The two required courses are ICS 100 and NIMS 700. 


Games and Simulations

This link to the University of Minnesota provide some games that are fun and provide an introduction to different roles that may have a part in response to a public health event.  They are short, free and easy.  Scroll down the screen to Games and Simulation and Have fun!

Free 6 hour online course on Psychological First Aid.  Gives you tools to help a child, a teen, an adult or a whole family when tragedy strikes.

Psychological First Aid

From the University of Minnesota:
          Free and Continuing Education Credits 
NIMS and ICS: A Primer for Volunteers

This training provides an initial orientation to the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS) for individuals who plan to volunteer during an emergency or disaster. he course is designed to help volunteers understand the standardized organizational structure and communication system they are likely to encounter while responding to a crisis. Additionally, this training can serve as a 'just in time' review of these basic principles.

Disaster in Franklin County: A Public Health Simulation

In this simulation, the learner will assume the perspective of various public health professionals responding to a natural disaster. They will make decisions on behalf of a county public health director, a public health nurse, an environmental health specialist, and other public health professionals. By approaching the emerging public health issues from these perspectives, the players gain a deeper understanding of the issues at hand, the decisions that colleagues in other disciplines face, and how those decisions impact his or her area of expertise.

Zoonoses (Public Health Emergency Training Series)

This online module describes the types and transmission of zoonotic diseases, identifies zoonoses of public health significance, and outlines general principles and procedures for surveillance and emergency preparedness.

 POD- Points of Dispensing

 This training is designed to provide an overview and orientation to the general operations of a POD. It is intended to complement just-in-time training provided at the time of deployment. Public health staff and volunteers may find this training beneficial. Participants are eligible to receive a certificate upon completion of the training, which includes a pre-test, post-test, and evaluation.

MRC TRAIN is a gateway into the TRAIN Learning Network, the most comprehensive catalog of public health training opportunities. TRAIN is a free service for learners from the Public Health Foundation.    

Public Health Foundation Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) TRAIN

New to MRC-TRAIN? Take a few moments to view MRC-TRAIN 101 for Volunteers for helpful information on setting up and managing your account...

Through this site, you can:

  • Quickly find and register for many courses listed on Train.org and participating TRAIN affiliate sites,
  • Track your learning with personal online transcripts,
  • Access valuable materials, course reviews, and discussions to improve your learning experience, and
  • Stay informed of the latest public health trainings for your area or expertise.