Mass Gatherings: Are You Prepared?

Photo of a large foot race on a bridge.Food poisoning at the fair, rabies exposure at the rodeo, crowd trampling at a World Cup game: what is the role of public health at events that attract large crowds? This course will teach you to assess and plan for the prevention and mitigation of public health threats at mass gatherings. It covers topics of risk assessment, surveillance, health response, coordination, and communication. This 90-minute course can be completed over several shorter sessions. It also includes a unique practice scenario to further enhance your learning.


This course is co-provided by the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice (NWCPHP) and Continuing Nursing Education (UWCNE) at the University of Washington.

Target Audience

Public health and emergency management professionals. A basic understanding of surveillance and outbreak investigation will help the learner.

Objectives for Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, you will be better able to:

  • Define three characteristics of mass gatherings
  • List four major areas of public health responsibility related to mass gatherings
  • Identify tools and resources to assist in the planning of key public health activities at mass gatherings
  • Identify four key factors that influence potential health risks associated with mass gatherings
  • Describe the importance of involving public health in the coordination and communication with other agencies and organizations throughout the planning and operational processes for mass gatherings

Additional Information

Course summary
Maximum credit available: 
  • 1.50 Contact hours
  • 0.00 Pharmacology hours at the advanced practice level

Please see the module developer list in the course content.

Available Credit

  • 1.50 Contact hours
  • 0.00 Pharmacology hours at the advanced practice level


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