Public health protection in emergencies

Public health protection in emergencies course covers 1 semester and 30 didactic hours. Lectures and laboratory are in weekly intervals during 15 consecutive weeks 1 h each. Laboratory are obligatory.

Classes are held in Collegium Veterinarium (room no 233).
Person responsible for Public health protection in emergencies:
Department of Food Hygiene of Animal Origin, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Renata Pyz-Łukasik DVM, PhD – Collegium Veterinarium (room no 337)


Thematic scope

1. 01.10.2021, 08.10.2021

Public health – definitions and legal regulations. The role and tasks of the state in the implementation of public health protection.
Veterinary public health as an important element of public health protection.

2. 15.10.2021, 22.10.2021

Selected chemical hazards of public health.
Selected biological threats of public health.

3. 29.10.2021, 05.11.2021


Bioterrorism and procedures in case of bioterrorism threats.
Hemorrhagic fever viruses as a potential biological weapon factor.

4. 12.11.2021, 19.11.2021

The role and tasks of the Veterinary Inspection in public health protection.
Tasks of Veterinary Inspection under crisis conditions and the principles of cooperation with entities involved in the implementation of tasks in the field of public health.

5. 26.11.2021, 03.12.2021

Epidemics of the 20 and 21st century.

6. 10.12.2021, 17.12.2021

Radiation and radioactivity, effects of radiation events, elements of radiologic protection.

7. 14.01.2022, 21.01.2022

Supervision over food safety.
Qualitative criteria for potable water and swimming water.

8. 28.01.2022

Bioterrorism and procedures in case of bioterrorism threats. cont.
Foodborne pathogens as a threat to public health. HACCP – the mandatory food safety system.

Written test. Completion of the course.


Supplementary materials:

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