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Top 10 Crisis Management Courses Online

Crisis Resource Management

Offered by: Columbia University

Crisis Resource Management (CRM) encompasses the non-technical skills necessary for effective teamwork in crisis situations. Through real-life examples and simulations for medical professionals, this course teaches students how to effectively manage skills and make decision in a crisis situation affecting healthcare systems.

During this course students learn about history of CRM in the context of the aviation industry, factors that affect the performance of complex tasks, the principles of CRM in the healthcare environment, identification of CRM principles during simulation of healthcare crisis and the controversies and evidence related to CRM. The course takes up 3 to 6 hours per week and it is conducted in English.

Business Continuity Management and Crisis Management: An Introduction

Offered by: Coventry University

During this course students have the opportunity to learn about the role of business continuity management (BCM) and crisis management (CM) in assisting organizations respond to and make plans for major crisis.

Students will learn through exploring crisis faced by private, public and third sector organizations. You will be able to learn how BCM and CM became an important parts of risk management capabilities of organizations and how they evolved and developed throughout the time. The course is intended for all people interested in learning about crisis management and business continuity from a global perspective. The course lasts 2 weeks and you can start straight away and learn at your own pace for 3 hours per week.

Public Health in Humanitarian Crises 1

Offered by: John Hopkins University

This course is an introductory discussion about approach of the public health to problems experienced by people affected by conflict and natural disasters. The course is taught by lecturers who together have over 200 years of experience working in the field and who base their lectures on practical examples from recent disasters.

The lectures are concerned with changes that happen in people’s lives when they are affected by a disaster such as an epidemics as well as other forms of humanitarian crises. The course consists of 10 modules, each lasting 9-10 hours of content with an additional 2-3 hours of self-work. Even though the course has been designed in a way that each module builds on the lessons of previous modules, you can do the modules in any order and separately.

Public Health in Humanitarian Crises 2

Offered by: John Hopkins University

This course is designed as follow up to Public Health in Humanitarian Crises 1. It has a similar set-up and covers additional topics such as infectious disease outbreaks, disease epidemiology, maternal and newborn health, mental health, humanitarian project design, humanitarian principles, and many other topics.

The course consists of 10 modules totaling about 14-16 hours of content with an additional 2-3 hours of self-work. Unlike the first course, Public Health in Humanitarian Crises 1, this course has been designed so that each module can be accessed in any order and some can stand alone. You do not need to complete the first course before the second one; however, it might be useful since some of the fundamental issues are covered in the first course.

Resilient Teaching Through Times of Crisis and Change

Offered by: University of Michigan

Resilient teaching is the ability to ‘’facilitate learning experiences that are designed to be adaptable to fluctuating conditions and disruptions’’. It is a designed approach to building the relationship between activities and goals while taking into account a dynamic of the new forms of interactions between teachers, students, content and tools.

Thus, this course is designed for people who may be required to rethink how they teach at the present or near future due to the current COVID-19 pandemic or changing circumstances. The course is led by higher education faculty, lecturers, and graduate student instructors. Even though the course was created with the current crisis in mind, it is expected it will be relevant to teachers who are faced with disruptions and must accommodate their teaching methods and adapt quickly.

Resilience-The Art of Coping With Disasters

Offered by: IsraelX

The goal of this course is to provide clear definitions and introduce structure into the term resilience, which is often portrayed as an abstract term with varying meaning for people with different fields and backgrounds.

Participants are given an opportunity to learn to manage crisis situations, and how to plan and focus protective measures and interventions when it comes to emergency preparedness and response. On an individual level, participants are equipped with personal tools and resources for better coping in a variety of stressful situations. Last, but certainly not the least, participants will learn how to measure resilience and use this assessment as a guide in building response plans for emergency situations.

Health in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies

 Offered by: Emory University

This course teaches participants about management and technical principles that serves as a basis for planning, implementation and evaluation of health programs for displaced people in developing countries, while focusing on refugees in camp situations. The course modules cover assessment, nutrition, epidemiology of major health problems, surveillance, and program management in the context of an international relief operation.

The course takes 8 hours in total to complete and upon completion the participants will be able to describe a complex humanitarian crisis (magnitude, person, time and place), calculate basic epidemiology measures, evaluate the strengths and limitations of epidemiological data, develop public health programs and strategies responsive to the diverse cultural identities of the communities that are affected and identify internal and external problems that may affect the delivery of essential public health services.

Impacting the Opioid Crisis: Prevention, Education, and Practice for Non-Prescribing Providers

Offered by: University of Michigan

The aim of this course is to  “empower non-prescribing providers to directly impact the ongoing opioid crisis in the United States through increased knowledge and tools that will transform practice and policies”. The course provides information the opioid epidemic and research on strategies focusing on prevention, intervention, education, or policy.

This course is designed for non-prescribing healthcare, behavioral health, dental and social services professionals, and graduates in these fields. The course is led by experts in the field of opioid prevention, intervention, treatment, and policy. It has 6 modules lasting about 15 hours and participants can select any or all of the modules that interest them.

Protecting Children in Humanitarian Settings

Offered by: Columbia University

This course teaches  social environments such as the family and community, affect children’s development, adversity and resilience. During the course participates are encouraged to engage in critical thinking about the present child protection and how to strengthen it. Participants are invited to identify opportunities by using science and practice, to enrich child protection approaches in humanitarian contexts.

The course is designed for  both child protection practitioners working in humanitarian crises and for those who wish to learn more or plan their careers in this sector. Instead of providing a comprehensive introduction to child protection programs in humanitarian context, the course rather focuses on selected areas ‘’that are ripe for enrichment’’.

Humanitarian Response to Conflict and Disaster

Offered by: Harvard University

This course was designed by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and HarvardX to ‘’prepare learners to recognize and analyze emerging challenges in the humanitarian field’’. The focus of the course is put on the professional and ethical principles that lead humanitarian response to disaster and conflict.

The participants will learn with the help of Harvard faculty through 4 case studies covering humanitarian responses in Goma Zaire, Somalia, the Balkans, Afghanistan and Pakistan. The cases cover major trends such as rapid population displacement, violence against humanitarian workers, and civil and military engagement. After completing this course, participants will be prepared to be informant and aware scholars, humanitarian works, policy-makers, and global citizens.

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