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Colleges expand homeland security courses

Greg Evans often hears the same complaint from first responders and security and health officials when he travels the country to talk about bioterrorism and infectious diseases. The lament, says Evans, is this: “I’m tired of hearing what the problem is, we need education and training to deal with it.” Evans’ employer, Saint Louis University, and other colleges and universities are responding to such complaints, offering everything from practice drills to expanded courses to new graduate degree programs. Saint Louis University formulated an online master’s degree program in biosecurity that starts this fall, says Evans, who directs the university’s Institute for Biosecurity. It’s designed to train leaders to deal with natural and man-made public health disasters. Full Story

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