Online & Face-to-Face Training

For more than a decade, NCDP has been a professional training ground for more than 100,000 online and face-to-face learners. Our web-based learning management system provides an efficient means for training and “just-in-time” resources, and has been designed to accommodate a robust evaluation and certification process. More than 40 free online courses are available to help public health workers master the skills and knowledge—and demonstrate the competencies—that they will need in a public health emergency.

To find out more about this training program or to register for an instructor led or web-based course, please visit our FEMA training portal here:

Through this training initiative, NCDP distributes high-quality, validated instruction that:

  1. provides didactic material that is both understandable and easily retained
  2. contributes to an integrated and coordinated public health emergency response system that crosses geopolitical and organizational boundaries, and
  3. clearly relates to the roles that the public health workforce may be expected to play in an emergency or disaster, and to a set of desired outcomes.

Face-to-Face Training

MVI_13484_1kNCDP offers face-to-face training opportunities at selected venues in the New York / New Jersey / Connecticut region. These trainings highlight team-based approaches, in which public health practitioners, with a similar mission focus, from a given health department, collaborate with staff from other agencies from the region. These trainings are conducted by Columbia University faculty and cover a vast array of topics ranging from “Risk Communication for High Risk and At-Risk Populations” to “Decision-Making & Problem-Solving Under Emergency Conditions” to “Chem Rad Bio: Fundamentals for the Public Health Workforce.”

To request a customized training please e-mail us for more information.

Online Courses & Webinars

Long-Term Community Recovery TrainingNCDP offers a broad catalogue of interactive online courses in public health preparedness, response, and recovery. Many courses take a “blended learning approach,” combining online learning with hands-on demonstration of skills mastery in the workplace. Upon successful completion of a course, learners are able to perform public health emergency roles in prevention, preparedness, response and recovery and will receive a printable certificate from select courses.

Just-in-Time Trainings

businesspeople on an education trainingNCDP has the capability to webcast and videostream subject matter expert modules, customized core competency trainings, and online trainings for emergent events. The Center is committed to deploying these Just-in-Time trainings within 24-72 hours, depending upon the context and the type of support requested. For instance, NCDP has worked with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to develop instantaneous trainings on topics ranging from personal protective equipment (PPE) to the handling of blood samples during chemical emergencies. Such initiatives often include the availability of video which can be downloaded and viewed immediately by staff.

NCDP provided several Just-in-Time trainings in response to the 2011 tsunami in Japan and the meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. The Center facilitated a Town Hall meeting for public health, health care and the media and developed an online webinar that was viewed by thousands of people within the first week of the crisis. More recently, NCDP streamed a live broadcast of a roundtable discussion about Hurricane Sandy. This event brought together the public health commissioners from New York City, Suffolk, Nassau, Putnam, Rockland, and Westchester counties along with their respective emergency preparedness planners and response coordinators, as they discussed critical decision-making prior to, during, and following the storm.


Visit our Conferences page to learn about NCDP’s unique multi-disciplinary conference formats and ability to assemble subject matter experts and key players in preparedness, response, and recovery.

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