Emergency Preparedness: The Role of the Pharmacist

Course Description:

This course will define what a public health emergency is and familiarize pharmacists and pharmacy technicians with the basic components of public health emergency preparedness and the role pharmacists play in disaster events.  This course will cover basic policies and directives related to public health emergencies and review the federal and state resources available, with a specific look at the organizations involved in responding to a public health event in Mississippi. Finally, an overview of the Category A biological agents and their treatment algorithms will be addressed.

Target Audience

Academic Faculty/Staff, Federal Government Employees, State Government Employees, Local Government Employees, Non-Government Employees and Students

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the planning and preparedness structure for health emergencies
  • Review emergency preparedness activities
  • Cite examples of a pharmacist's role in response to health emergencies
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.00 Participation/CE
    Tulane Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) awards 2.00 hour(s) of credit for completing Emergency Preparedness: The Role of the Pharmacist
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Julia Woods

Julia Woods, Pharm. D., Pharmacy Consultant,
Mississippi State Department of Health
Office of Emergency Planning and Response

Julia Woods, Pharm. D., is a pharmacist with the Mississippi State Dept. of Health Office of Emergency Preparedness & Response and has served in this role since 2011. She also holds a Clinical Assistant Professor position at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy. Previously she worked in the Mississippi State Department of Health Pharmacy division from 2007—2011. Ms. Woods has extensive experience participating in numerous public health preparedness drills, exercises and trainings.  Ms. Woods holds a Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Mississippi and a Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Mississippi.

Available Credit

  • 2.00 Participation/CE
    Tulane Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) awards 2.00 hour(s) of credit for completing Emergency Preparedness: The Role of the Pharmacist


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