Radiation Terror 101


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Course Description

This course is provided by John Hopkins Center for Public Health Preparedness and will require a secondary login and/or registration. 

This topic introduces you to general radiation principles, radiation safety and protection, and the basic types of radiological terror, and also provides practical guidance on acute response techniques and general countermeasures.

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Target Audience

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Learning Objectives

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

  1. Describe the difference between electromagnetic and particulate radiation
  2. Describe the difference between ionizing and non-ionizing radiation
  3. Discuss external and internal radiation
  4. Define deterministic radiation effects and random radiation effects
  5. List the four most likely events related to radiological terror
  6. Describe the acute and long-term public health response to a radiological event

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

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Professional/Disciplinary Competencies

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Online/ Self-study 

Credit /CEU

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1.5 hrs.


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Course Publication Date

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