2. U Pittsburgh-Disaster Preparedness

Today we are revisiting the Coursera website at www.coursera.org , which is continuously being updated. Our focus will be on a relevant new offering from the University of PittsburghDisaster Preparedness https://www.coursera.org/course/disasterprep .

This course, which begins on Monday, January 26th, concentrates on the Mitigation phase of the disaster cycle. Like most recommendations I make, it can be taken at no cost, although everyone interested in taking it should at least investigate the $49 Verified Certificate option. Disaster Preparedness lasts for six weeks and requires two to four hours of study per week. Suggested readings, along with an introductory video, are listed on the course web pages.

The course instructor is Dr. Michael Beach, an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh and an Emergency Medicine Nurse Practitioner. So those taking this class should expect to learn about disaster preparedness from a medical standpoint.