CDC Launches “Radiation Basics Made Simple” Training Module

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Radiation Studies Branch announces the launch of Radiation Basics Made Simple, the first in a series of radiation preparedness training modules. Radiation Basics introduces participants to the fundamentals of radiation and radioactivity. View a 2-minute preview of Radiation Basics Made Simple.

Radiation Basics Made Simple features an enhanced lecture-style video and interactive knowledge checks to deliver and reinforce key concepts. The training is divided into eight segments:

  • Sources of Radiation
  • Radioactive Decay
  • Measuring Radiation
  • Biological Effects of Radiation
  • Radiation Protection
  • Decontamination
  • Environmental Impact of Radioactivity
  • Responding to Radiation Emergencies

Click here to access Radiation Basics Made Simple. Continuing education is available for this activity.

Other radiation emergency training modules currently in development include: Medical Countermeasures, Risk Communication and Public Information, and Responder Safety and Health.

Please pass along this information to interested colleagues and partners. If you have comments or questions, contact the CDC Radiation Studies Branch at (770) 488-3800 or email

About Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown serves as a Senior Program Analyst for Environmental Health, Pandemic Response, and Catastrophic Preparedness at NACCHO. Her work includes climate change preparedness, medical countermeasure planning and implementation efforts, and exploring the legal issues surrounding radiation preparedness.Twitter: @LisaBrownMPH

One thought on “CDC Launches “Radiation Basics Made Simple” Training Module

  1. April 15, 2014 at 11:38 am

    NACCHO has another excellent source of preparedness tools for chem/rad preparedness on their APC website at Several rad/nuc tools for disaster response, terrorism, and behavioral health response can be ordered for free.

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