SPH Biopreparedness Exercise

2017: Zombie Apocalypse 2017

What

Zombie apocalypseImagine this scenario – University of Michigan students and residents of the surrounding towns have been exposed to virulent pathogen, m. puckavivens. Investigators have announced that the outbreak is in a state of emergency! Exposed individuals can become infectious and will eventually TURN INTO ZOMBIES!

What can YOU do? The University of Michigan health professions schools, in partnership with the Center for Interprofessional Education, Washtenaw County Public Health, and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, are holding a hands-on public health exercise centered around containing the outbreak of the pretend m. puckavivens. Come learn how to manage a public health crisis alongside public health practitioners and students from the University of Michigan Schools of Public Health, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Social Work. Take on different roles as you triage patients, distribute 'medication' and supplies, and defend the clinic against zombies! If you're ready for a Zombie Apocalypse, then
you're ready for any emergency.

When

Saturday, March 25th from 10AM – 3PM

Where

University of Michigan School of Public Health, 1415 Washington Heights, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

How to Register

Register here. Participants must be age 18 or older.


2015: Phoenicius Pox

Building on the 2013 and 2014 U-M SPH Zombie Apocalypse events, the Epidemiology Student Organization, in conjunction with the Applied Epidemiology for Public Health Practice course (EPID 607),  conducted a functional public health exercise in conjunction with Washtenaw County Public Health. The exercise involved mobilizing and operating a Point of Dispensing (POD) in response to a fictional and contagious pox-virus associated outbreak, with the goal of emphasizing personal, family and community preparedness for public health emergencies.

The 2015 event was held at the Kipke Conference Center, Kipke Conference Center - Campus Safety Services Building at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. 

Volunteers participated as POD staff and patients, and had the opportunity to play multiple different roles, ranging from a clinic volunteer to the worried well to a pox-ridden individual. 

Sponsored by: This apocalypse is conducted by the Applied Epidemiology for Public Health Practice course (EPID 607), in conjunction with Washtenaw County Public Health. It will be led by Dr. Eden Wells, Epidemiology faculty instructor. The event has the support of the SPH dean's office.

Contact:  For more information, contact: sphPOX2015@umich.edu


2014: Zombie Apocalypse

zombieThe zombies were here. Were you prepared?

U-M SPH hosted its second annual zombie invasion on April 5, 2014. The Zombie Apocalypse educational program is a public health awareness and preparedness scenario originally developed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. It utilizes a zombie-related disaster simulation to actively engage participants in emergency preparedness and response. SPH has adapted the exercise for an all-new experience.

Goals for all participants:

  • Achieve an understanding of public health practice in the local health department setting.
  • Develop awareness of the important partnerships between public health agencies, community organizations, and the University of Michigan.
  • Appreciate the important role that public health agencies have in community engagement, education, public health emergency preparedness and response.

Objectives for EPID 607 class:

1. Apply Incident Command System (ICS) skills learned from EPID 607 within exercise setting.
2. Design functional public health epidemiology and preparedness exercise tools for community setting in partnership with WCPH.
3. Implement a functional public health epidemiology and preparedness exercise within a community setting in partnership with WCPH.
4. Understand the role of a field epidemiologist during an emergency response; implement questionnaires and collect data.
5. Develop risk communication/data-based material's for health department and community stakeholders.

Representatives from MDCH were on hand to provide disaster preparedness information and kit checklists for home use.

Sponsored by: This apocalypse is conducted by the Applied Epidemiology for Public Health Practice course (EPID 607), in conjunction with Washtenaw County Public Health and the Michigan Public Health Training Center. It will be led by Dr. Eden Wells, Epidemiology faculty instructor. The event has the support of the SPH dean's office.


2013: Zombie Apocalypse

On April 23, 2013, U-M SPH hosted its first-ever zombie invasion.