Public health responses to three disasters in japan; pandemic and all-hazards

Case assignment


Assignment Overview

On March 11, 2011, the northeastern part of Japan was hit by three disasters, an 8.9-magnitude earthquake, a tsunami, and the leakage of radiation from its nuclear power plants. Surveillance of diseases is a major public health response that was undertaken following the impact. With the help of materials given in the links below, analyze the surveillance activities undertaken in detail below.

1.  What other public health measures were undertaken to mitigate the impact of these disasters?

2.  What measures were undertaken to mitigate radiation disasters in particular?

3.  In your opinion, do you believe that politics played a role in Japan’s disclosure of radiation information?

Case Assignment required reading materials.  

Read the following materials and address the above objective of the course.

1. Christodouleas, J. P., Forrest, R. D., Ainsley, C. G., Tochner, Z., Hahn, S. M., & Glatste, E. (2011). Short-term and long-term health risks of nuclear-power-plant accidents. New England Journal of Medicine, 10(10), 56. Retrieved from

2. CDC responds to earthquake, tsunami, and radiation release in Japan (2011). Retrieved from

Assignment Expectations

Length: This Case Assignment should be at least 3 -4 pages (not counting the title page and references).

References: At least two references should be included from academic sources (e.g., peer-reviewed journal articles). Required readings are included. Quoted material should not exceed 10% of the total paper (since the focus of these assignments is critical thinking). Use your own words and build on the ideas of others. When material is copied verbatim from external sources, it MUST be enclosed in quotes. The references should be cited within the text and also listed at the end of the assignment in the References section (preferably in APA format).

Other Required Reading

DeLia, D., & Wood, E. (2008). The dwindling supply of empty beds: Implications for hospital surge capacity. Health Affairs, 27(6), 1688-94. Retrieved from ProQuest.

Emergency Support Function #8 – Public Health and Medical Services Annex, FEMA (2014). Retrieved from

Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (2010). Public Health Emergency. Retrieved from

Rajasingham A., Bowen A., O’Reilly C., Sholtes K., Schilling K., Hough C., et al. Cholera prevention training materials for community health workers, Haiti, 2010–2011. Emerg Infect Dis [serial on the Internet]. (2011). Retrieved from