Learning Objectives & Activities

Explosions & Mass Gatherings: Ideas for Educators of Health Professionals
Updated January 15, 2014

Below are ideas for educators who are teaching health professionals and may wish to develop learning content or activities related to explosions in mass gatherings. These ideas should be customized based on the learners, their needs, scope of practice, and the educational context.


Options for Learning Objectives:

1. List sources of reliable information on blast injuries and mass gatherings, psychosocial issues associated with such events, and systems considerations.

2. Describe the clinical and public health implications of an explosion at a mass gathering event.

3. State ways in which you as a health professional can contribute to preparedness for, response to, and recovery from an explosion at a mass gathering event given your scope of practice.

4. Describe the expectations and responsibilities of your role(s) as a health professional regarding an explosion at a mass gathering event, from your:

  • individual perspective

  • team member perspective

  • organizational perspective

  • community perspective


Options for Learning Activities:

1. Assign specific resources to students and ask them to summarize key content for the class.

2. Walk through the cited resources online during class and discuss their reliability and how they may be pertinent for the learner.

3. Provide information and/or lead a discussion of:

  • the clinical implications of an explosion at a mass gathering event

  • the public health implications of an explosion at a mass gathering event

4. Invite learners to work in groups to consider and discuss how they as health professionals would contribute to preparedness for, response to, and recovery from an explosion at a mass gathering event, given their scope of practice.

5. Invite learners to work in groups to consider the expectations and responsibilities of their role(s) as a health professional regarding an explosion at a mass gathering event, from their:

  • individual perspective

  • team member perspective

  • organizational perspective

  • community perspective

6. Ask if any of the learners are involved in ESAR-VHP or Medical Reserve Corps. If so, provide an opportunity for them to describe their involvement. Make links to these programs available to learners. Generate a discussion about the role of volunteers in responding to mass casualty events.

7. Invite a member of another health profession or the law enforcement community to discuss interprofessional coordination and collaboration necessary in response to an explosion at a mass gathering event. Discuss barriers to such interprofessional coordination and collaboration.