Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering

Degree Level



Industrial Engineering


Bennett Milburn, Ashlea

Committee Member/Reader

Sullivan, Kelly


In the event of a public health emergency in the United States, it is important that public

authorities are equipped to distribute medical supplies to every person in need as quickly as

possible. Federal guidelines state that all persons in an area affected by a public health

emergency should receive their medical countermeasures within 48 hours of the emergency’s

declaration. While the CDC has determined a general dispensing plan for each state and county

to follow, it is ultimately up to the state and county to formalize and implement detailed plans.

A body of academic literature focuses on optimizing the placement and operation of Points of

Dispensing (PODs), which are mass dispensing locations the public visits to receive

countermeasures. However, very few papers have considered the logistics associated with

moving countermeasures from state receiving areas to county-level PODs. This research

addresses this gap through service network design and transportation modeling. Specifically,

the feasibility of a multi-tiered distribution model is evaluated for a case study region

representative of a US state comprised of a mix of urban and rural areas.


Public health emergency, logistic activities, PODs, distribution, network design