Public Health Planning for Radiological and Nuclear Terrorism

ACTIVITY TITLE/TOPIC  Public Health Planning for Radiological & Nuclear Terrorism


This training provides information on state and local public health emergency response planning for radiological and nuclear terrorism incidents. Public health officials at the state and local levels requested additional guidance on adapting all-hazards state and local emergency preparedness plans for radiological and nuclear incidents involving mass casualties. In response to these requests, this course will provide public health officials with the most current information regarding public health planning for response to radiation emergencies, including information on local government roles and responsibilities, radiologic monitoring of people (population monitoring), pharmaceutical countermeasures deployed by the strategic national stockpile, and the role of communications in a radiation emergency.

The DVD and CD-ROM with Supplementary Resources may be ordered by sending an email to

Public health officials involved in developing an emergency response plan for a radiological or nuclear terrorism incident involving mass casualties. This may include state, local, tribal, and territorial health agency senior officials, emergency planners, epidemiologists, environmental health specialists, public health physicians and nurses, public health students, sanitarians, hazardous materials team members, and first responders.

Participants should have basic knowledge of public health emergency response planning. Some introductory knowledge of response to radiological terrorism incidents such as that provided in earlier CE-approved CDC programs produced by Radiation Studies is highly recommended. Those programs include a video webcast on “The Role of Public Health in a Nuclear or Radiological Terrorist Incident” and “Preparing for Population Monitoring and Decontamination” located at the CDC Radiation Emergencies website at Information for Public Health Professionals  (

James M. Smith, PhD
Former Associate Director of Radiation, Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects (EHHE), National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CAPT Jeffrey Nemhauser, MD
Medical Officer, Radiation Studies (RSB), National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Marsha Vanderford, PhD
Director of the Emergency Communications Branch, National Center for Health Marketing (NCHM), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The participant will read materials (slides, graphics) while listening to videotaped expert lecture segments on the Web. The lecture segments are supplemented with video vignettes and animations illustrating the lecture material. For higher quality viewing, the program is also available as a DVD. A CD-ROM of Supplementary Resources that may be used as a ready reference in a field setting is included with the DVD. To order the DVD, send an email message with mailing address to

FORMAT:  Web-based training, DVD
HARDWARE/SOFTWARE:  Computer-Internet
CONTACT INFORMATION:  Radiation Studies, (770) 488-3800,

CME: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim credit only commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Non-physicians may receive a certificate of participation.

CNE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited as a provider of Continuing Nursing Education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This activity provides 1.75 contact hours.

CEU: The CDC has been approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102. The CDC is authorized by IACET to offer 0.15 ANSI/IACET CEU’s for this program.

DISCLOSURE: In compliance with continuing education requirements, all presenters must disclose any financial or other associations with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters as well as any use of unlabeled product(s) or product(s) under investigational use. CDC, our planners, and the presenters for this seminar do not have financial or other associations with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters. This presentation does not involve the unlabeled use of a product or product under investigational use, with the exception of Dr. Jeffrey Nemhauser’s discussion on “Pharmaceutical Countermeasures”. He will be discussing Neupogen. There was no commercial support for this activity.



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FEES:  No fees are charged for CDC’s CE activities.

Page last reviewed: June 12, 2020
Content source: National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH), Emergency Management, Radiation, and Chemical Branch