NAME Preparedness, Public Health Policy and Law
COURSE STARTS Open Enrollment
COURSE ENDS 7 weeks to complete from date of registration
COURSE DESCRIPTION The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina has presented manifold direct and indirect public health problems such as contaminated water, soil and food; hazardous waste and debris hazards; vector infestation; and damage to health infrastructure, and buildings. This experience has uncovered the inadequacy of policies in areas such as land-use practices, wetland management, sanitation and emergency preparedness. Toward this end, it is important to increasingly bring precautionary principles to bear on policy development and compliance. An appropriate test would be: whether a particular policy is oriented toward a worst case scenario regardless of the potential situation, and whether the policy is adaptive with flexibility in compliance procedure to better respond to situational dynamics. In fact this test is almost absent in policy development and compliance leaving affected communities vulnerable. Post-Katrina policy development initiatives should be about precautionary principles and proactive measures.


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