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Interdisciplinary disaster preparedness: Study abroad in Saint Kitts and Nevis

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Aim: Disaster preparedness education is one approach to improving the preparedness of the health and public sector work force. The purpose of this report is to describe one approach to improving disaster preparedness for nurses and other health professionals through the unique opportunities available through academic study abroad. This report will describe the process of developing, approving, and implementing a disaster preparedness course in Saint Kitts and Nevis as a model for other programs. Methods: This case report was written based on the experiences of the authors who have together developed and implemented an interdisciplinary study abroad program in disaster preparedness and global health at three different institutions. Common strategies and barriers are described to model and encourage others to produce similar programs in other locations. Results: The major steps involved in creating a disaster preparedness study abroad program are selecting an international partner, developing course curriculum, writing a course program proposal, recruiting students, and maintaining international partnerships. As an example, the program in Saint Kitts and Nevis is described and incorporates learning strategies, including guest lectures, applied activities, service learning, cultural experiences, and simulation activities. Conclusion: This case report provides an example of how to propose, develop, and implement a study abroad course in disaster preparedness. As disaster preparedness, response, and management is a multidisciplinary field, early exposure to diverse training and knowledge in a new environment can prepare nurses and professionals from other disciplines to contribute to a culture of disaster preparedness both in their chosen communities and across the globe.




MILBRATH, G., SNYDER, A., & MARTIN, M. (2020). Interdisciplinary disaster preparedness: Study abroad in Saint Kitts and Nevis. Health Emergency and Disaster Nursing, 7(1), 55–62.

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