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Core Competencies for Disaster Medicine and Public Health


Effective preparedness, response, and recovery from disasters require a well-planned, integrated effort with experienced professionals who can apply specialized knowledge and skills in critical situations. While some professionals are trained for this, others may lack the critical knowledge and experience needed to effectively perform under stressful disaster conditions. A set of clear, concise, and precise training standards that may be used to ensure workforce competency in such situations has been developed. The competency set has been defined by a broad and diverse set of leaders in the field and like-minded professionals through a series of Web-based surveys and expert working group meetings. The results may provide a useful starting point for delineating expected competency levels of health professionals in disaster medicine and public health.

(Disaster Med Public Health Preparedness. 2012;6:44–52)


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Correspondence: Lauren Walsh, MPH, Department of Science, Medicine, and Public Health, American Medical Association, 515 N State St, Eighth floor, Chicago, IL 60654 (e-mail:


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