Course Description

406.678 - Science of Biodefense

This course provides an overview of the science related to biological warfare as well as the most important agents. Students will first be given an overview of the scientific principals relevant to biodefense. Then biological warfare will be introduced including historical context, most important biological threat agents, their medical consequences and treatment, diagnostics and forensics. This course will include a hands-on laboratory session so that students can become familiar with the methods used in biodefense diagnostics and research. Students should gain an understanding of biological warfare and terror agents, the consequences of their potential use, and the available means of protection.