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.
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).
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)
Disaster Management Graduate Certificate Elective Courses
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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