The Role of Sentinel Labs in Emergency Response

Category: Laboratories

There are five sections in this course:

  • Section 1: The National Laboratory Response Network
  • Section 2: Basic and Advanced Sentinel Laboratories
  • Section 3: Role of Public Health Labs in Emergency Response
  • Section 4: Role of Sentinel Laboratories in a Bioterrorism Event
  • Section 5: Role of Sentinel Laboratories in a Chemical Event

Modules 1 through 3 contain "pop quizzes" to assist you in understanding and assimilating the information. Module 4 and 5 contains scenario exercises to enable you to apply what you have learned to situations that may occur during a bioterrorism or chemical event.

Intended Audience

Individuals who work in a Sentinel Laboratory

Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the Laboratory Response Network (LRN) architecture
  • Describe and define a Sentinel Laboratory
  • Understand the roles of basic and advanced Sentinel Laboratories in an emergency response
  • Identify and understand the use of available resources and reference materials relevant to Sentinel Laboratories during emergency response


Pre-requisites/Learning Level

No pre-requisites

Competencies addressed

Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals identified

Domain 1: Analytical/Assessment Skills

  • 1A3. Applies ethical principles in accessing, collecting, analyzing, using, maintaining, and disseminating data and information
  • 1A4. Uses information technology in accessing, collecting, analyzing, using, maintaining, and disseminating data and information
  • 1A8. Collects valid and reliable quantitative and qualitative data

Domain 5: Community Dimensions of Practice Skills

  • 5A5. Collaborates with community partners to improve health in a community (e.g., participates in committees, shares data and information, connects people to recources)

CEUs Offered





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1 hour

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Creation and/or update

July 30, 2013