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Disciplines: Respiratory Therapy
Hours: 5 Contact Hours
  • Ehren Ngo, MS 
  • Brendan Manning, MPH
Peer Reviewer(s): Traci Marin, PhD, MPH, RRT, RPGST
Item#: V7240
Contents: 1 Course Book (102 pages)

Bioterrorism: The Biology of Threats and Health Impacts

Price $44.95
Item # V7240
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Expiration Date: November 26, 2018

This course focuses on the properties of the most likely biological agents and the associated diseases that could be involved in terrorist acts. A foundational understanding of bacterial, viral, and biological toxins, as well as principles of disease epidemiology, is necessary to understand the biological agents that are considered our most significant threats. In addition to a review of the characteristics of bacteria and viruses, an in-depth analysis of Category A biological weapons (agents of highest threat/risk) is provided, including their history and significance, biological characteristics, means of transmission, clinical features and presentation, criteria for diagnosis, medical management, and options for prophylaxis. This course is organized in such a way as to serve as a foundation to meet the informational needs of the healthcare team, as well as public health and law enforcement personnel, to be prepared to recognize and respond to biological terrorism-associated incidents.

Course Objectives

  • Define bioterrorism (biologic terrorism)
  • Distinguish between key epidemiological terms, including incidence, prevalence, case fatality rate, sporadic, endemic, and epidemic
  • Differentiate between direct and indirect means of disease transmission
  • Describe three approaches to disease control and prevention
  • Describe the four components of biological weapons
  • Describe the characteristic differences between chemical and biological threats and how they would present in an exposed population
  • Discuss current strategies for preventing, recognizing, or mitigating a bioterrorist attack
  • Name the diseases that are considered the highest threat agents and are associated with Category A
  • Describe the three factors that increase the virulence of bacterial pathogens
  • Identify which biological agents are susceptible to antibiotics
  • Identify which biological agents may be effectively addressed through the use of vaccines
  • Describe the clinical manifestations, approaches to diagnosis, and the prevention and control measures for each of the biological weapons in Category A

Ehren Ngo, MS, is an assistant professor at Loma Linda University. He has served as the program director for the Bachelor of Science in Emergency Medical Care at the School of Allied Health Professions since 2002, and program director for the post-baccalaureate Certificate in Emergency Preparedness and Response in the School of Public Health from 2009 – 2015. His academic and professional interest is focused on emergency management and the health impacts of disasters, and he has developed and taught courses in violence issues, disasters, WMD, terrorism, and technology in emergency management. Ehren has been a key member of the Critical Event Response Inter-professional Education group, which hosts an annual training for over 400 students from medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and allied health. Ehren previously chaired the University’s Emergency Management Council for nearly a decade and continues to provide consultation for Loma Linda University and Loma Linda University Medical Center on a number of emergency management initiatives. Outside of the University, Ehren has been an active volunteer in mountain search and rescue with over 20 years of experience. Ehren has a B.S. from Loma Linda University in Emergency Medical Care and an M.S. in Emergency Health Services with a concentration in epidemiology and preventive medicine from University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Brendan Manning, MPH, works for HWC Inc. as a contractor to the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Health Affairs, overseeing a biological weapons detection program for a large metropolitan area. Previously he worked as a Regional Disaster Medical Health Specialist in California where he supported pre-hospital and public health emergency response coordination. Brendan assisted in coordinating response to an earthquake and subsequent hospital evacuation, environmental concerns following significant floods, a TB outbreak in a high school, countless multiple casualty incidents (MCI), and shelter operations for wildfire evacuees. Before getting into Public Health, Brendan worked as a Firefighter/EMT in New Hampshire and New York. Brendan has a BS from Ithaca College and an MPH in Global Health and Certificate in Emergency Preparedness and Response from Loma Linda University.

Traci Marin, PhD, MPH, RRT, RPGST, is an assistant research professor, program director, and professor for the Department of Cardiopulmonary Sciences, Schools of Allied Health and Medicine, at Loma Linda University. She is also an adjunct researcher and advisor at the Department of Medicine, at Dr. John Shyy’s laboratory at the University of California, San Diego, as well as the founder of Tranquility Community Health. Dr. Marin received a PhD from the University of California, Riverside, in biochemistry and molecular biology; an MPH in epidemiology and biostatistics from Loma Linda University; a bachelor’s degree in emergency medical care from Loma Linda University; and an associate’s degree in respiratory therapy from Victor Valley College.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion
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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content