Critical Components of a Public Health Emergency Response

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USAID’s broad-based and multi-sectoral approach allows the Agency to leverage the Bureau for Global Health’s Office of Infectious Disease technical expertise to strengthen local capacity worldwide to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease threats.

USAID has established partnerships across the U.S. Government (USG) and with relevant international, non-governmental, and other organizations to strengthen preparedness efforts for potential disease outbreaks that could require a global emergency response.

This course will provide an overview of the critical components of public health emergency response using USAID’s response to the Zika outbreak as a case study of lessons learned.


After completing this e-learning course, learners will be able to:

  • Describe five critical components of a health emergency response
  • Describe the importance of being flexible and managing political climate across all five critical components
  • Describe the roles and responsibilities of different actors in a health emergency response
  • Use the five critical components of a health emergency response to make appropriate decisions during fluid and ambiguous scenarios


  • 2 hours


  • Monday, June 21, 2021

Course Authors: 

  • Eric Baranick, USAID

  • Linda James, EnCompass LLC

Course Managers: 

  • Mike Myers, GHPOD II