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Terrorism, Preparedness, and Public Health: An Introduction

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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. Refer to the Core Public Health Worker Competencies for Emergency Preparedness and Response (link opens PDF document in new window).

Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

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

The course was created by Dr. Robert Westphal, M.D., M.P.H., Director of the University at Albany's Center for Public Health Preparedness in partnership with the Professional Development Program, Rockefeller College, University at Albany (link opens PDP website in new window).

Continuing Education Certification

Participants who engage in all lessons of the course and who successfully complete the exam (80% or higher within two tries) will be eligible for 6 hours CME/CHES or 7.2 hours CNE. For more information about continuing education credit for this course, go to the U. Albany School of Public Health website (link opens new browser window).

Cost

Free and open to the public.

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