This course aims to ensure that all participants recognize possible deliberate events with chemical or biological agents and know the different response types this will require compared to other emergencies.

This course targets WHO staff and emergency responders in various sectors in member states who may find themselves responding to a deliberate event. It is the first part of a more extensive training program on deliberate events involving chemical and biological hazards.

Self-paced
Language: English
Not disease specific

Course information

This course targets WHO staff and emergency responders in various sectors in member states who may find themselves responding to a deliberate event. This includes (Public) health workers active on the scene, the staff in emergency health facilities, police, fire brigade, dispatch officers, secondary responders, and forensic experts. This awareness course may also be helpful for policymakers and regulators dealing with preparedness and response to bioterrorism.

The main aim of this course is to ensure that all participants can recognize possible CB deliberate events and are aware of the different response types this will require compared to regular emergencies.

Upon completion of this course, participants will:

  • Describe critical characteristics of a CB deliberate event (CBDE)
  • Differentiate between types of chemical and biological (CB) agents and their effects
  • Identify critical components of the risk management process
  • Describe basic safety measures for exposure to CB agents
  • Summarize the role of the WHO-HSI function in CB Deliberate Events

This course is the first part of a more extensive training program on deliberate events involving chemical and biological hazards.

Certificates: A Record of Achievement certificate will be available to participants who score at least 80% of the total points available across all of the quizzes. A Confirmation of Participation certificate is also available for participants who complete at least 80% of the course material. Participants who receive a Record of Achievement can also download an Open Badge for this course. Click here to learn how.

Course contents

  • Introduction to the Course:

    This introduction provides the scope and purpose of the course.
  • Module 1- Deliberate Events:

    This training module aims to raise participant awareness about deliberate events involving chemical and biological hazards.
  • Module 2- An Introduction to WHO Biosecurity and Health Security Protection (BSP):

    The aim of this training module is to raise participant awareness about the World Health Organization (WHO) BioSecurity and Health Security Protection (BSP).
  • Module 3- Overview of CB-related Health Effects :

    The aim of this training module is to develop participants’ awareness of the features and effects of chemical or biological (CB) health hazards related to deliberate events (DE).
  • Module 4- Assessing and Managing Health Risks of CBDE :

    The aim of this training module is to develop participants’ understanding about the principles of the risk assessment and management as related to Chemical or Biological (CB) Deliberate Events (DE).
  • Module 5- CB Safety Measures:

    The aim of this training module is to develop participants’ awareness of safety considerations in relation to Chemical or Biological (CB) deliberate events (DE).
  • Optional Quizzes:

    This final section contains some optional, playful quizzes, where you can test your knowledge on this course topic. These tests do not influence your course score
  • Acknowledgements:

    This section includes acknowledgements and the credits for images used in this course

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Certificate Requirements

  • Gain a Record of Achievement by earning at least 80% of the maximum number of points from all graded assignments.
  • Gain a Confirmation of Participation by completing at least 80% of the course material.