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Chem Rad Bio: Fundamentals for the Public Health Workforce  (PREP 2102/ ENV 2701)Chem Rad Bio: Fundamentals for the Public Health Workforce (PREP 2102/ ENV 2701)

Chemical, biological, and radiological material as well as industrial agents can be dispersed in the air we breathe, the water we drink, or on surfaces we physically contact. Dispersion methods may be as simple as placing a container in a heavily used area, using commercial spray devices, or as elaborate as detonating an improvised explosive device. This online course is intended to provide learners with a basic understanding of the threats posed by these agents, as well as the steps that can be taken to be part of a coordinated response.

*Upon successful completion of all the course content, you can obtain your certificate by clicking on the "My Account" link available at the top of this page.*

Estimated Length: 1 hour(s) and 30 minute(s)


Name View Schedule
Online Lesson1. Pre Test -
Online Lesson2. Course Material - Chem Rad Bio: Fundamentals for the Public Health Workforce -
Online Lesson3. Post Test -
Online Lesson4. Satisfaction Survey -


Course Objective:

The purpose of this course is to:

  •  Present general and special considerations at a first response scene and/or for a clinical setting in the event of a chemical, biological, or nuclear attack

Key Messages:

  • Public health plays a key role in responding to WMD events
  • WMD attacks can occur in the form of biological agents, chemical agents, radiological agents and/or explosive devices


Public Health Emergency Preparedness Capabilities:

  • Community Recovery,
  • Medical Countermeasure Dispensing,
  • Public Health Surveillance and Epidemiologic Investigation,
  • Medical Surge,
  • Responder Safety and Health,
  • Community Preparedness,
  • Medical Supplies Management and Distribution,
  • Information Sharing,
  • Mass Care,
  • Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions,
  • Fatality Management


Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (CDC) Competencies:

  • 1.1 Solve problems under emergency conditions.
  • 1.3 Facilitate collaboration with internal and external emergency response partners.,
  • 1.4 Maintain situational awareness.
  • 2.1 Manage information related to an emergency.
  • 2.2 Use principles of crisis and risk communication.
  • 2.3 Report information potentially relevant to the identification and control of an emergency through the chain of command.,
  • 2.4 Collect data according to protocol.,
  • 2.5 Manage the recording and/or transcription of data according to protocol.
  • 3.2 Contribute expertise to the development of emergency plans.
  • 3.3 Participate in improving the organization's capacities (including, but not limited to program, plans, policies, laws, and workforce training).
  • 3.4 Refer matters outside of one's scope of legal authority through the chain of command.
  • 4.1 Maintain personal/family emergency preparedness plans

Learning Objectives


At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify characteristics of biological, chemical and radioactive agents
  • Describe characteristics of selected agents including, but not limited to: the natural history of disease, symptoms, medical treatment, transmission mode, and route of infection
  • Name standard personal precautions and basic infection control procedures
  • Name 9 responsibilities of public health in responding to a biological, chemical, or nuclear attack
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