About the Center

The mission of the Center of Excellence for the Study of High Consequence Event Preparedness and Response is to investigate the risks, vulnerabilities and consequences of potential terrorist events employing weapons of mass destruction to specifically examine the preparedness and response posture of the United States, identifying and redressing gaps in the technical understanding of the deterrence, detection, use, response and long-term recovery from such weapons by a program of focused research.

Research at the center

Research ranges from highly technical engineering (e.g., state-of-the-art sensor development) and modeling/simulation to practical qualitative measures of response-plan adequacy. The research program is tightly coupled with both broad-based and specialized education programs for undergraduates, graduate students and scholars. The center is a direct resource to the Department of Homeland Security and in addition to research and education functions, provides independent assessments and expertise as requested.

Learning Materials

Practicing health practitioners are responsible for a range of health services. Depending upon the discipline, professionals in health disciplines may be involved in one or more of the following:
  • Diagnosis and treatment
  • Health maintenance and disease prevention
  • Community/public health
  • Health education
  • Research
  • Health information management
In the event of an act of bioterrorism, health professionals will have a central role in the identification, management and communication efforts necessary to minimize impact. In some cases, they may be the first to encounter victims of bioterrorist acts and thus fall into the category of “first responders.”  In order to effectively function in these roles, it is important the health professionals be knowledgeable in content areas related to the extent of the threat, potential agents of bioterrorism, clinical and laboratory evidence, epidemiology and patient treatment/management, as well as the suitable processes, protocols and policies regarding communication of suspected events to institutional, local, regional, state and federal authorities.


The purpose of the e-modules contained in this site is to provide information to a wide range of health professionals. They can be used individually to provide information quickly, as a refresher or compiled to provide a comprehensive training session. The agents are representative of the various types bioterrorism agents and not comprehensive. The cases are designed to introduce the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to appropriately respond to a bioterrorist event. They can be used to train a wide variety of health professionals and to teach the interdisciplinary communications necessary to effectively manage the event.

Module Sections



The agents of bioterrorism discussed on this site have been chosen to be representative of the various types bioterrorism agents and not comprehensive. They were also chosen because studying them would introduce trainees to the general concepts needed to manage bioterrorist events.



Lecture materials to provide a face-to-face overview of bioterrorism and appropriate response.

An introduction to the Threat of Bioterrorism- BNICE 101 (PDF)
An introduction to the Threat of Bioterrorism- BNICE 101 and Tularemia (PDF)


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