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Disaster Management Graduate Certificate Program (Distance Learning)

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The mission of the Disaster Management Graduate Certificate program is to provide training for professionals involved in disaster preparedness or response. This is done by providing course work, projects, and reflection laboratories in various disaster scenarios.


The Disaster Management Graduate Certificate Program is designed to train and educate students in the development, execution and evaluation of disasters with respect to preparedness, detection, response, containment and recovery. The program provides skills in working within the management structure and operational models unique to disasters including; crises communication, population issues and psychosocial aspects of disasters.

Program Competencies

At the completion of the Disaster Management Certificate Program, graduates will be able to:

  • Apply scientific principles exposure, dose-response, distribution, detection and metabolism of toxicants (GEHS 6600; TRMD 6010 *).
  • Apply public health, policy, practice and scientific principles to address the health threats resulting from natural and intentional disasters (GEHS 6910; GEHS 6920).
  • Integrate environmental public health strategies in the development, execution, and evaluation of each core component of disaster management including: preparedness, detection, response, containment, and recovery (GEHS 6910).
  • Implement population-based interventions to protect communities and particularly vulnerable populations, from natural and intentional disasters (GEHS 6930; GEHS 6430; GEHS 6950).
  • Evaluate the capacity of public health systems to effectively and efficaciously respond to natural and intentional disasters (GEHS 6930; GEHS 6430).
  • Integrate skills in environmental and hazardous materials management, emergency planning and response, crisis communications, accident investigation, risk assessments, perception and communication (GEHS 6430).

Certificate Requirements

To obtain the certificate, the student must successfully complete 18 hours of academic credit. Graduate academic credit is awarded for all courses in which a grade of B or above is awarded. These credits can be transferred into the Disaster Management MPH program if the student meets the admissions standards and is accepted into the program at a later date.

Disaster Management Graduate Certificate Required Courses (18 credits)

Credits Course Name
3 GEHS 6430 Crisis and Emergency Communication
3 GEHS 6600 Principles of Toxicology
3 GEHS 6910 Environmental Aspects of Disaster Response
3 GEHS 6930 Population Issues During Disaster
3 GEHS 6950 Psychosocial Aspects Disasters
3 Elective

Disaster Management Graduate Certificate Elective Courses

Credits Course Name
3 BIOS 6030 Introductory Biostatistics
3 EPID 6030 Epidemiological Methods
3 GCHB 6030 Social & Behavior Aspect of Global Health
3 GEHS 6030 Survey of Environmental Health
3 GHSD 6030 Introduction to Health Systems, Management and Policy
3 GEHS 7910 Environmental Disaster Response Planning & Implementation
3 GEHS 6540 Principles of Occupational Health
2 GEHS 7310 Occupational Laws and Compliance
3 GEHS 7230 Fundamentals of Project Management for ES&H
3 GEHS 7240 Applying Systems Thinking to EH&S
3 GEHS 7260 Financial Aspects of EH&S
3 GEHS 6720 Principles of Industrial Hygiene
3 GEHS 7620 Health Risk Assessment
2 GEHS 6700 Principles of Safety
3 GEHS 7110 Industrial Ventilation and Hazard Control
3 GEHS 6300 Radiological Health
3 GEHS 6620 Physical Agents and Ergonomic
3 GEHS 7500 Air Sampling and Analysis
3 GEHS 7250 Current Issues in Industrial Hygiene and Safety
2 GEHS 6010 History and Organization of Health Services
3 GEHS 6050 Population Behavior and Environmental Public Health
2 GEHS 6220 Health and Safety Training & Evaluation
3 GEHS 7290 International Management Standards for EH&S
3 GEHS 6320 Workplace Wellness
3 TRMD 6010 Biological Basis of Disease

Admission Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited university or college with 20 or more semester hours in science, math or engineering.
  • A preferred grade point average 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Three or more years of experience in health and safety, occupational or environmental health and or disaster management or response documented by work history, resume.
  • Test of English As a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores for applicants from non-English speaking nations with a minimum score of 570 on the paper-based test, 230 on the computer based test, or 88 on the internet-based test is preferred.

* Individuals having a background in this area or are MD, RN may be able to waive this class and should contact Kathy Carneiro at

More Information

For more information about the Disaster Management Graduate Certificate Program and/or application assistance, please contact:

Erica B. Geary
Direct: 504.988.3786 or 1.800.862.2122

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CAEPH, 1440 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70112, 504-988-1774