Biosecurity and Bioterrorism Response


Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences

Biosecurity and Bioterrorism Response


This course provides an overview of the most pressing biosecurity issues facing the world today. Students will explore how the medical/healthcare field, government, and the technology sectors are involved in biosecurity and bioterrorism response, how these sectors interface, and the multidisciplinary challenges involved. Since bioterrorism is closely related to pandemic, students will also learn about diagnosing, isolating, containing, hospital surge capacity, stockpiling and distributing countermeasures for a major infectious disease. Class presentations and discussion will feature lecturers from eminent Scientists, physicians in the field, national security officials, and leaders of relevant technology companies.

Note: NDO Students must enroll in this course for 4 units.


Open to medical, graduate, and undergraduate students. No prior background in biology necessary.

Topics include

  • Detecting bio-threats
  • Identifying possible counter-measures
  • Technologies for detection, prevention, and response to a biodefense threat
  • Medical diagnosis, isolation and containment
  • Synthetic biology, food and agricultural biosecurity
  • National, State and local bioterrorism response


Previous guest lecturers:

  • Condoleezza Rice- Former Secretary of State
  • Dr. Ken Bernard- Former Special Assistant on Biosecurity to Presidents Clinton and Bush Jr.
  • Dr. Alex Garza- Chief Medical Officer of the Homeland Security Department

Note on Course Availability

This course is typically offered Winter quarter.

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