Pandemic: A Critical Thinking Scenario

The goal of this scenario is to assess and train mid-level
public health professionals in the application of critical thinking as a means
of solving problems related to community preparedness for public health
emergencies, such as an Influenza Pandemic.

The scenario is based on the Critical Thinking course as well as
using the established model of Critical Thinking that has six steps:

  1. Identify and Define the Problem
  2. Gather Information
  3. Develop Alternatives
  4. Select an Alternative
  5. Implement the Solution
  6. Evaluate the Solution


Mid-level public health professionals
and/or those responsible for community preparedness planning

Learning Objectives

After completion of the course, learners
should be able to:

  • Identify the
    problem and resulting issues
  • Assess the
    information and resources to effectively address the problem.
  • Identify any
    constraints on possible solutions to a problem situation.
  • Employ an
    appropriate method to effectively generate alternative solutions to a
    problem situation
  • Develop an
    action plan for implementing a solution to the problem.

Pre-requisites/Learning Level

No pre-requisites

Competencies addressed

Competencies (KSA)

Domain I: Model Leadership

1.1 Solve Problems under emergency conditions

  1. Recognize
    emergency conditions and the resulting problems
  2. Evaluate
    the level of hazard or risk
  3. Prioritize
    problems based on level of hazard and degree of risk
  4. Analyze
    dysfunctions within a public health emergency response system
  5. Assure
    responsibility for responding when needed in the event of public health
  6. Summarize
    the means, methods, and processes for solving the problems
  7. Prioritize
    problems based on severity, urgency, and solvability
  8. Assess
    information, resources and procedures necessary to address the problems in
    emergency situations
  9. Implement
    action to solve the problems in timely fashion
  10. Differentiate
    among the consequences of specific decisions
  11. Assume
    responsibility for taking specific actions that further organizational
    mission or population health in the presence of a public health emergency
  12. Explain
    how different personality types impact performance during emergency
  13. Maintain
    awareness of one’s own tolerance for risk
  14. Recognize
    the ethical and moral implications of decisions made through a chain of
  15. Refer
    problems that fall outside one’s scope of authority to the appropriate
    person in the chain of command.

CEUs Offered





Online Self-Pace


1 hour

Presenter(s) and/or Content Experts

David Freeman

Technical requirements

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 
  • Flash Player 
  • Speakers

Registration requirements

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Creation and/or update

March 22, 2013