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Nuclear & Radiological Threats


Approximately 29 minutes

Course Description:

This course is designed to give a brief overview of nuclear and radiological threats, ionizing radiation, types of dispersal devices, complications arising from nuclear and radiological exposure, and treatment and prevention measures used to combat nuclear and radiological exposure.

This course was created by Pacific EMPRINTS, at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Creation of the course was funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Grant No. T01HP6427-0100.


This course fulfills, in part, the following Core Competencies for Teaching Emergency Preparedness to Health Professions Students and Clinical Personnel:
  1. List the types of radiation associated with potential terrorist activity and describe their routes of exposure, associated illnesses, and treatments.
  2. Within the scope of one’s professional practice, initiate physiological interventions for treatment of radiological injuries.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:
  1. Identify the three fundamental principles of radiation exposure.
  2. Describe Acute Radiation Syndrome (ARS).
  3. Identify three public health radiation myths.

Target Audiences:

Public Health Personnel, Physicians, Nurses, Pharmacists, Dentists, Veterinarians, Epidemiologists, First Responders, Other Emergency Medical Services Personnel

Certificate of Completion:

A Certificate of Completion is available to be printed for this course upon completion of the post-test with a score of 80% or higher.

Cost: FREE*

*subject to change without notice.