Western Carolina University will offer a special graduate-level environmental health course this summer covering the timely issues of biosafety and bioterrorism. The course, “Biosafety, Bioterrorism and Public Health,” will be taught by Burton Ogle, a new faculty member in Western’s program in environmental health. It will be offered as a distance education course over the Internet, and will include a face-to-face laboratory class held on campus in Moore Hall. “The course is designed to provide an understanding of the principles and practices associated with protection from biological hazards in the workplace and community environments,” said Christine Stevens, head of the department of health sciences at Western. “It also addresses the unique responsibilities of the environmental and public health professional associated with preparing for and managing incidents involving biological hazards, such as in the case of a bioterrorist attack.” Ogle has been teaching chemical and biological safety and preparedness throughout his 22-year career. His graduate course in bioterrorism and biosafety was first taught while he was a professor at East Carolina University. At Western, he has introduced the course as an undergraduate offering, which was taught last semester. “Biosafety, Bioterrorism and Public Health” (MHS 693) will be offered during Western’s first summer semester, which runs June 2 through July 2. For more information, contact the WCU Programs in Asheville office at (828) 251-6642.