Terrorism Preparedness and Public Health: An Introduction


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Course Description

This course is provided by University of Albany – School of Public Health and will require a secondary login and/or registration.

At the end of this course, public health workers will be competent to describe the public health role in emergency response in a range of potential or possible emergencies and to recognize unusual events that might indicate an emergency and describe appropriate action. A minor focus is the chain of command in emergency response. Several activities are designed to help the learner identify personal limits of knowledge and direct the learner to useful resources when these limits have been exceeded.

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Target Audience

This course is designed for any individual interested in getting a general understanding of terrorism and its effect on public health practice.

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Describe the public health role in emergency response to a range of emergencies.
  2. Recognize unusual events that might indicate an emergency.
  3. Describe appropriate reactions to biological, chemical, and radiological events.
  4. Describe how the science of epidemiology is used in outbreak investigations.
  5. Defend the use of a predefined organizational structure (e.g., the Incident Command System) to assist in managing emergency events.

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

None available 


6 hrs.


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Course Publication Date

July 2014