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

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