This training is designed to provide an overview and orientation to the general operations of a POD. It is intended to complement just-in-time training provided at the time of deployment. Public health staff and volunteers may find this training beneficial.


Upon successful completion of the program, participants will be able to describe:

  • The important role that staff and volunteers will play in a large public health emergency
  • Key issues that staff and volunteers should understand in advance of an emergency, and where additional information can be found
  • Why mass dispensing is a national priority for planning, training, and exercises
  • How the federal Strategic National Stockpile, or SNS, fits into overall public health emergency response
  • Challenges to operating mass dispensing sites
  • Basic site design and patient flow in a mass dispensing site
  • The types of positions that must be filled for effective POD operation
  • The command structure used to manage sites


This course contributes to the following Public Health Preparedness Competencies and PHEP Capabilities:


3.0 Plan for and Improve Practice

3.3 Participate in improving the organization's capacities (including, but not limited to programs, plans, policies, laws, and workforce training)


8. Medical Countermeasure Dispensing

Continuing Education Units

Please note that these trainings may offer different types of continuing education credits. This Learner Portal may not calculate the correct number of continuing education credits. Please refer to the Continuing Education Credits section of your course site after registration for the correct information.

This course is eligible for 0.046 CEUs or 0.46 contact hours and 1.0 CPH re-certification credit. 

Contact & Questions

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Section Title
PODs (Points of Dispensing): Public Health Training for Staff and Volunteers
Online, self paced
Jan 04, 2024 to Jan 06, 2025
Delivery Options
Self Paced Online  
Course Fee(s)
No Fee $0.00
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