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Thinking About the Unthinkable: The Public Health and Health Care Administration Implications of Mass Violence Events

Friday, February 8 at 12:00 PM
Des Moines University, Student Education Center (SEC) 115, Des Moines, IA, 50312 Show Map

Thinking about the Unthinkable: The Public Health and Health Care Administration Implications of Mass Violence Events

This week’s Friday Research Seminar Series will be hosted by the Master of Health Care Administration department. All DMU faculty and students are invited to attend.


  1. Apply an epidemiological model to mass violence in the context of developing an all hazards plan for health care  facilities. 
  2. Identify and define  common vocabulary used for statistical understanding (eg mass murder vs spree murder).
  3. Consider and reflect on possible risks to the organization, the small group and the individual.
  4. Identify potential internal and external stakeholders for the development of all hazards plans.


Fritz Nordengren

Fritz Nordengren, M.P.H.
Assistant professor, Master of Health Care Administration,
Des Moines University

Fritz has a 20 year history of participating in and studying emergency response.  He was on the ground in the preparation, evacuation and recovery of the 1993 central Iowa flooding and produced documentary reporting on location the week following the mass murder at Columbine High School.  He authored the All Hazards emergency response plan for Mercy College and current serves on a small community volunteer fire department.as their implications to other areas of study such as the effect of smoking on breast cancer risk.

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