The Columbia Regional Learning Center

The Columbia Regional Learning Center (CRLC) is guided by the expertise of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP), Columbia University faculty, and nationally known subject matter experts. The learning center provides both web-based and in-person training sessions for public health workers and other responders. These trainings are designed to help public health workers master the skills and knowledge – and demonstrate the competencies – that they will need in a public health emergency.


We regret to inform you that the Columbia Regional Learning Center Learning Management System has been removed from service as of  February 1, 2020. Funding for this project has expired, and the system can no longer be supported. In the event you would like to access the interactive slides and videos for these courses/resources, but without the ability to obtain a certificate, this content will be available in the Spring, 2020 on a separate portal and will be linked here once it is live. It has been a pleasure to provide these courses over the past 9 years. We hope to continue our commitment to the distance learning program moving forward. We will be offering free FEMA sponsored web-based courses regarding economic and housing recovery at:

Our Mission

  • To develop, deliver, and evaluate core competency-based training and education, online and in person, that targets the public health workforce and addresses the public health preparedness and response needs of state, local, and tribal public health authorities.
  • To meet our regional partners’ unique public health preparedness and response workforce development needs by providing specialized training, education, and consultations.

Course Development

  • CRLC’s competency-based curricula have been developed by subject matter experts at Columbia University and at the national and international level. Our innovative methodology anchors course development and enhances the learner’s experience. The Center offers multiple learning platforms, customized content, and a variety of training delivery formats.

Online Courses

  • The CRLC offers over 50 free online courses and webinars covering key issues and current topics in emergency and disaster preparedness. Topics covered include: the Fundamentals of Emergency Preparedness; Leadership and Management; Communication; Assessment / Surveillance / Epidemiology; Medical Counter-Measures & Point of Dispensing (PODs); Mass Care/ Mass Fatality / Clinical; Environmental / Worker Safety / Climate / Chemical; Children/ Special Populations/ Vulnerable Populations and Mental Health.
  • Our curricula have the following structure: Pre-test, course modules, post-test, and satisfaction survey. After completion of these units, learners receive a certificate of completion. It is also possible to request face to face training at Columbia University’s facilities, with instruction provided by university faculty.

Funded by: Cooperative Agreement 5U90TP000419-03 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Columbia Regional Learning Center (CRLC) is one of the 14 Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Centers (PERLC) funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide training for the public health workforce.