Emergency Operations Facilities (EOFs) Public Health


There are six modules in this course:

  1. Module 1: What Is an Emergency Operation Facility (EOF)?
  2. Module 2: Staffing an EOF
  3. Module 3: EOFs and Communication
  4. Module 4: Determining Information, Systems, and Equipment Needs
  5. Module 5: Activating and Deactivating the EOF
  6. Module 6: EOF Operations

There are review questions at the end of each section. These review questions will provide you with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills presented in these sections. You also will be able to test your knowledge using H1N1 scenario in scenario's section, and play a puzzle game for the important key terms that you have learned throughout the course in a game section. Finally, there is a post-test at the end of the course.

Intended Audience

Public health administrators, managers, supervisors, and public health professionals that would be involved in managing an emergency operation facility during a crisis&

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe the role of an EOF in public health.
  • Identify factors that determine the staffing of EOFs.
  • Describe the delegation and organization of EOF staff.
  • Describe how communication works within an EOF.
  • Determine information, systems, and equipment needs at EOFs.
  • Identify the procedures involved during the activation and deactivation of EOFs.
  • Describe interface issues and how to avoid them.
  • Describe the contributions of SOPs, resource management, and managing staffing to EOF operations.
  • Describe how EOFs coordinate with other agencies.
  • Apply the knowledge gained in this course to a scenario.

Pre-requisites/Learning Level

No Pre-requisites

Competencies addressed

Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals identified:

Domain 4: Cultural Competency Skills

  • 4A3. Describes the ways diversity may influence policies, programs, services, and the health of a community

Domain 5: Community Dimensions of Practice Skills

  • 5A4. Supports relationships that improve health in a community
  • 5A5. Collaborates with community partners to improve health in a community (e.g., participates in committees, shares data and information, connects people to resources)
  • 5A8. Uses assets and resources (e.g., Boys & Girls Clubs, public libraries, hospitals, faith-based organizations, academic institutions, federal grants, fellowship programs) to improve health in a community

CEUs Offered





Online Self-Pace


1.5 hours

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Creation and/or update

September 6, 2013