Competencies

One of the NCDMPH's strategies for improving the education and training of responders is the identification, integration and promotion of national core competencies in disaster health; these are widely understood to be the knowledge needed for a health care professional to perform a task in a safe and consistent manner.

In the complex field of disaster medicine and public health, the concept of competencies is an important tool for measuring a responder's ability to perform wide-ranging and highly-skilled tasks.

The use of competencies can allow for greater consistency in the knowledge and skills of responders, as well as the identification of areas of weakness and need. By establishing guidelines for competencies, the NCDMPH will be able to better assess, and ultimately improve, the education and training knowledge of disaster responders.