Radiation Risk Communication for Public Health


What to know

The Radiation Risk Communication for Public Health training highlights basic radiation concepts, and several communication resources and lessons learned. Understanding these concepts can help professionals involved in emergency response prepare for and deliver clear messages during a radiological or nuclear disaster. The training also highlights several myths and misunderstandings related to radiation exposure and contamination.

Radiation Risk Communication for Public Health


At the conclusion of the session, the participant will be able to

  1. List the six Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication (CERC) principles that contribute to effective communication and messaging
  2. Describe basic radiation concepts and how they affect communication during radiation emergencies
  3. Identify one radiation myth that could result in confusing communication messages during a radiation emergency
  4. Describe one lesson learned from radiation communication research
  5. Identify 1–2 CDC resources that can help assure clear messaging in a radiation emergency
  6. Describe one way that this educational activity will improve my contribution as a team member


Vivi Siegel, MPH, Associate Director for Communications, Division of Environmental Health Science and Practice, NCEH, CDC

Training Information

Origination Date: March 15, 2021

Renewal Date: March 15, 2023

Expiration Date: March 15, 2025

Hardware/Software: Computer Hardware; Internet connection; Browser

Materials: None

Target Audiences: Public Health Communicators, Certified Health Educators, Other Health Educators, and Registered Nurses

Prerequisite: None

Format: This training is a web-on-demand.

Contact Information: Radiation Studies, (770) 488-3800

Accreditation Statements:

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Oak Ridge Associated Universities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

CNE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designates this activity for 1.0 nursing contact hours.

CEU: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is authorized by IACET to offer 0.1 CEU's for this program.

CECH: Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES®) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES®) to receive up to 1.0 total Category I continuing education contact hours. Maximum advanced level continuing education contact hours available are 0. Continuing Competency credits available are 1.0. CDC provider number 98614.

For Certified Public Health Professionals (CPH)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a pre-approved provider of Certified in Public Health (CPH) recertification credits and is authorized to offer 1.0 CPH recertification credits for this program.

DISCLOSURE: In compliance with continuing education requirements, all planners and presenters must disclose all financial relationships, in any amount, with ineligible companies during the previous 24 months as well as any use of unlabeled product(s) or products under investigational use.

CDC, our planners, and content experts wish to disclose they have no financial relationship(s) with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, reselling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

Content will not include any discussion of the unlabeled use of a product or a product under investigational use.

CDC did not accept financial or in-kind support from ineligible companies for this continuing education activity.

Instructions for Obtaining Continuing Education (CE)

To receive continuing education (CE) for WD4239 – Radiation Risk Communication for Public Health, please visit TCEO and follow these 9 Simple Steps before March 15, 2025.

Complete the activity

Complete the Evaluation at www.cdc.gov/GetCE

Pass the posttest at 80% at www.cdc.gov/GetCE


No fees are charged for CDC’s CE activities.