SWPI105: Policy Development: Policies and Plans

Course Description:

SWPI105: Policy Development: Policies and Plans is fifth in a nine-course learning series. 

This course covers Essential Service 5 - Develop policies and plans that support individual and community environmental public health efforts. In this course, we will discuss the importance of developing a Community Environmental Health Improvement Plan (CEHIP) and how to use policies to address unregulated drinking water system (UDWS) issues through interventions, improved services, or actions. In addition, we will explore aspects of planning for environmental health emergencies, while explaining specific considerations for unregulated drinking water (UDW) programs.

Target Audience

Public Health, First Responders, Emergency Response and Preparedness Professionals and Healthcare Practitioners

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the importance of planning and establishing policies to achieve UDW program goals
  • Properly inform and educate health or environmental agency leadership, policy-makers, and the public regarding the need for policies and plans to protect health and reduce risks from UDWSs
  • Describe the importance of community involvement and create a CEHIP
  • Recognize how to align resources with UDW program needs
  • Explain programmatic needs and UDW issues that may pose a detrimental impact to the health of the public
  • Identify the importance of emergency preparedness and establish an emergency response plan related to UDWSs
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 Participation/CE
    Tulane Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) awards 1.00 hour(s) of credit for completing SWPI105: Policy Development: Policies and Plans
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Michael Herring
Captain Michael E. Herring, REHS, MPH (Retired)

Captain Michael E. Herring, REHS, MPH (Retired) received a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Health from East Carolina University in 1980 and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in 1993. He began his career in 1980 as an environmental health specialist with the Durham County Health Department in North Carolina. He was promoted to Environmental Health Supervisor in 1983 and served in that role through 1988 when he accepted a commission with the United States Public Health Service.

During his Public Health Service career, Captain Herring was assigned to various positions throughout the nation with the Indian Health Service, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). His diverse career comprised multiple leadership positions including serving as the director of the environmental health program for one of the nation’s largest Alaska Native corporations, serving as chief of the largest environmental compliance program in the U.S. Coast Guard, and serving as a senior environmental health scientist and team leader of the Training and Technical Assistance Team for the Environmental Health Services Branch of the CDC National Center for Environmental Health.

Throughout his career, Captain Herring also served in numerous leadership roles for various public health and environmental health organizations, committees, and work groups at the national, regional, state, and local levels. Captain Herring retired from the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps in 2015.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 Participation/CE
    Tulane Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) awards 1.00 hour(s) of credit for completing SWPI105: Policy Development: Policies and Plans


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System Settings 
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