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Games, simulations, and learning in emergency preparedness: A review of the literature

Debra K. Olson, DNP, MPH, FAAOHN, Mary M. Hoeppner, EDD, MS, RN, Kurtis Scaletta, MA, Megan Peck, BA, Ryan Newkirk, PhD, MPH


Between 2007 and 2011, a comprehensive review of the literature was conducted to identify the usefulness of educational games and simulations in developing and evaluating the competency of public health professionals to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies. This article presents an overview of the literature related to the use of games and simulations in education and training, summarizes key findings, identifies key features of gaming simulation design for educational effectiveness, and suggests that use of these emerging teaching and learning strategies be considered in the development of a comprehensive approach for creating and evaluating competency.


health education, health professionals, games, simulations, emergency preparedness, public health preparedness

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