University of Nebraska Medical Center


A battle-tested go-to resource on hazards. 

The Global Center for Health Security is the premier U.S. institution for management of high-consequence infections and hazards.Our clinical capabilities include biological, chemical, burn, and radiation domains. This is in part due to the GCHS having the nation's largest biocontainment unit, the only federal quarantine facility, and sophisticated on-site labs.

Nebraska has become the global go-to resource on isolation and biopreparedness thanks to a battle-tested, interdisciplinary team that pioneered and set the standard for dealing safely with infectious pathogens.


Our Clinical Capabilities

The clinical capabilities of the Global Center for Health Security offer extensive experience and skills for dealing with high-consequence infections and hazards. The Global Center is leading clinical preparedness, with the team hailed for its bravery for treating patients during the 2014 Ebola outbreak and the COVID-19 pandemic and one of the first state public health labs in the country to handle Ebola and COVID-19 cases.

The center is home to the nation's only federal quarantine center and one of the nation's largest biocontainment units. From monitoring potential exposure to treating high-consequence infections, the Global Center for Health Security is on the front lines. 

We are using our expertise to fight Highly Hazardous Communicable Diseases where they start and save lives around the world and at home. The Global Center for Health Security is creating a network to prepare for and respond to high-consequence infections. This work includes a clinical trials network and rapid exchange of information during international pandemics, as well as  improving the treatment and survival of sepsis in Africa and Asia.


Our Clinical-Related Programs


Region VII Disaster Health Response Ecosystem (R7DHRE): The goal is to develop a flexible self-sustaining ecosystem for Region 7 emergency/disaster preparedness,  capable of leveraging resources from community grassroot support and traditional healthcare organizations. The R7DHRE includes subject matter experts spanning multiple specialties such as pediatrics, behavioral health, biological, burn, chemical, trauma and economics.

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National Infection Control Strengthening (NICS): Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the University Nebraska Medical Center, in partnership with Nebraska Medicine, was selected as an innovation partner as part of Project Firstline with a focus on strengthening infection prevention and control programs in healthcare facilities in underserved areas to develop innovative programs, services, and product development strategies to strengthen IPC nationally and globally.

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Strengthening Healthcare Infection Prevention and Control and Improving Patient Safety in the United States (SHIPC):Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the University of Nebraska Medical Center, in partnership with Nebraska Medicine, was selected as part of the competitive application process to accelerate work initiated with the original NICS award. SHIPC continues our focus on targeting innovation to vulnerable aspects of our healthcare system that face persistent challenges in infection control outcomes.

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National Emerging Special Pathogens Training & Education Center (NETEC): NETEC's mission is to set the gold standard for special pathogen preparedness and response across health systems in the U.S. with the goals of driving best practices, closing knowledge gaps, and developing innovative resources. Over the past two years, NETEC has initiated work to redefine the tiered structure nationally through the National Special Pathogens System of Care (NSPS).

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Special Pathogens Research Network (SPRN): SPRN, an activity of NETEC, is a network of U.S. institutions who currently serve as Regional Special Pathogen Treatment Centers that are committed to the development and maintenance of rapid response clinical research infrastructure. 

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Public Health Training Service (D-SAFE): In 2022, USPHS partnered with the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s (UNMC) Global Center for Health Security (GCHS), the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and Texas A&M University to create and implement the Public Health Service Deployment Safety Academy for Field Experiences (PHS D-SAFE) to train USPHS officers on personal safety and security when deployed to environments with potential for COVID- 19 or high-consequence infectious disease (HCID) exposure.

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Our Clinical Resources

Biological Resources

Chemical Resources

Burn Resources

Radiation Resources

Disaster Available Supplies

GCHS Domains

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