Institute for Public Health Practice at the University of Iowa

Joint Information Center - How Does It Work

This is an introductory course offering CPH — Free
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1.00 hour


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This course is an introduction to joint information efforts for public health information officers new to the process. There are practice activities/exercises throughout the lessons that involve application-level learning. These practice activities/exercises will provide you with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills presented in these lessons. Feedback and evaluation measures are provided. The origin, purposes, and implementation of Joint Information Centers are portrayed. 

The three lessons in this course are:

  1. Defining the Joint Information Center
  2. Getting Information to the Public
  3. Staffing and Organizational Structure

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What You'll Learn

  • Describe the function of the Joint Information Center within the Incident Command System (ICS)
  • Discuss the role of the JIC in coordinating and disseminating official information
  • Describe the JIC organizational structure
  • Describe the roles and responsibilities of the JIC staff

Related Occupations

Public Health Information Specialist/Officer