Chemical Terrorism


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Course Description

This course is provided by South Central Public Health Partnership and will require a secondary login and/or registration.

This course will address the remote and current history of the use of chemical agents during conflict and draw parallels as to the nature and dimensions of the current terrorist threat. The categories of common chemical agents will be presented along with the associated mammalian pathophysiology and insight offered on prevention, management and casualty treatment. The importance of competent identification and decontamination of exposed casualties and equipment will be emphasized.

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Target Audience

None listed 

Learning Objectives

Having completed this course, the learner will be able to:

  1. Identify ways chemical weapons are used
  2. Classify types of chemical agents and their characteristics
  3. List determinants of injury from a chemical exposure
  4. Distinguish specific characteristics of phosgene, chlorine and cyanide
  5. List types of vesicants
  6. Identify characteristics of Mustards
  7. Describe types of nerve agents
  8. Identify symptoms and treatment of nerve agents

Council of Linkages Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (COL)/COL Tier(s)

  1. 1B.11 (Tier 2): Uses information technology to collect, store, and retrieve data

Professional/Disciplinary Competencies

Public Health Preparedness & Response Core Competency Model

  • 2.1 Manage information related to an emergency.
  • 4.2 Employ protective behaviors.


Online/ Self-study

Credit /CEU

None available


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