Schedule of Classes




2022 Fall: August 17 - December 20

Course Class No. Section Start & End Date Day Time Status Location
BSBD 640 Agents of Bioterrorism (3)
An examination of the probable weapons of biowarfare, including biological, chemical, and nuclear weapons, from several perspectives. Topics include their mechanism of action, biological impact, detection and recognition, epidemiology, and treatment. Their potential dangers and effectiveness are evaluated, and strategies for defense against attacks by such weapons are investigated. Discussion covers the bioethical challenges of anti-bioterror research.
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82694 9040 17 Aug 2022-08 Nov 2022 Open Online
Faculty: Gray, Joshua P Syllabus Course Materials
BSBD 641 Biosecurity and Bioterrorism (3)
A review of bioterrorism, biosecurity, and government biodefense strategy, including the history and science of biological agents in agriculture and society. Discussion covers surveillance; public health preparedness; response; and recovery at the community, state, and federal government levels. Various aspects of the law, including the Posse Comitatus Act and federal and state quarantine powers, are introduced. The mental health consequences of bioterrorism are also discussed. A case study of a hypothetical biological attack is analyzed in detail.
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82695 9040 17 Aug 2022-08 Nov 2022 Open Online
Faculty: Boulanger-Espeut, Corinne Syllabus Course Materials
BSBD 642 Advanced Biosecurity and Bioterrorism (3)
Prerequisite: BSBD 641. A thorough examination of special and advanced topics in bioterrorism and biosecurity issues. Topics include the hidden biological warfare programs of the 20th century; advances in biotechnology and molecular microbiology and the dilemma of dual use research; domestic and foreign terrorist groups, including rogue states; state-of-the-art microbial forensics; ethics and civil rights; and current trends in policy development, consequence management, and public health responses to new threats to homeland security. Discussion also addresses special topics of the students' choice. Future challenges in biosecurity are discussed as part of a comprehensive bioterrorism exercise and the analysis of case studies of hypothetical threats.
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82696 9040 17 Aug 2022-08 Nov 2022 Open Online
Faculty: Lewis, Douglas R Syllabus Course Materials
BSBD 643 Strategies for Interagency Cooperation, Verification, and Global Countermeasures in Biodefense (6)
An in-depth study of the verification procedures used in global countermeasures and strategies. Global biosecurity and oversight are examined using real-world examples. Discussion covers the epidemiology of emerging infectious diseases as they relate to defense against threats from nonconventional sources. Topics also include the evolution and current status of the Biological Weapons Convention; the integration of responses from local, state, and multiple federal agencies; and other challenges facing public health departments, including the potential economic, political, and social impacts of bioterrorism.
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82960 9040 17 Aug 2022-08 Nov 2022 Open Online
Faculty: Gray, Joshua P Syllabus Course Materials
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