IGNOU launches Post Graduate Certificate in Medical Management of CBRNE Disasters (PGCMDM)


IGNOU’s School of Health Sciences (SOHS) has launched Post Graduate Certificate in Medical Management of CBRNE Disasters (PGCMDM). The term CBRNE stands for ‘Chemical Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive’. Disasters related to such agents can occur accidentally. However, when used intentionally they become agents of mass destruction.


CBRNE disasters are ill-understood, diagnosis is difficult and very little management tools exist to manage these disasters, including medical management. Medical management of CBRNE disasters require specific knowledge and skill set that is not covered in the undergraduate curriculum. India is particularly vulnerable to CBRNE attacks. Thus, society and governments need to create special provisions to deal with them.


In light of the above facts, IGNOU in collaboration with Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS), Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and active support from Integrated Defence Staff (IDS) have developed a 6 months PG Certificate programme in Medical Management of CBRNE disasters through open and distance learning for MBBS doctors.


Programme objectives:

 After completing the programme, the learner should be able to:


·         comprehend the parameters, enormity and complexity of CBRNE threat from a medical perspective

·         describe the impact of chemical, radiological, biological, explosive and nuclear agents on human health

·         assess the health effects of a CBRNE scenario using external and internal assessment tools

·         discuss regarding the medical countermeasures, detection equipments and SOPs of medical management of CBRNE impacts.

·         deliver first aid and initiate immediate life saving responses to a CBRNE disaster

·         develop competencies on protection, mitigation and medical management of CBRNE casualties

·         get sensitized about the current R&D initiatives and future directions.


Target Group


·         Medical personnel & students engaged in or interested in disaster medical management

·         Doctors in armed forces, police forces, health services, railways, airports/ports, & NDRF or State disaster forces who have to or can be called on to respond in face of CBRNE disasters.

·         Doctors working in or for organizations considered vulnerable to CBRN attacks or accidents such as industrial complexes, Shrines, melas, areas prone to terror attacks, border towns etc.

·         Faculty in all large and medium-large hospitals (public & corporate sector)

·         Medical Management staff of all referral hospitals

·         Retired doctors who want to contribute to the Nation’s strength & medical security in CBRN.


Eligibility for admission: MBBS (recognised by MCI). Only Indian Citizens would be considered


Medium of Instruction: English

Duration of the programme: Minimum 6 months

Maximum two years;

Offered in both July and January cycle

 Admission Procedure

The applicants are required to download the form available in the common prospectus, fill the same and submit it at the address given below for further processing. Only registration fee has to be paid with the application form. Programme Fee has to be paid after confirmation of admission to the programme.


List of the proposed centres



Region Centre

Regional Centre  Code

Name of Programme study centre




All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS),

Virbhadra Road, Rishikesh, Uttrakhand – 249203 




All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS),

Basni Industrial Area, Phase -2, Jodhpur – 342005, Rajasthan




Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences Punjgutta, Hyderabad - 500082, Telangana




All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Saket Nagar

Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, Pin - 462 02