Disaster Management Certificate

As natural disasters and catastrophes pose greater risks to communities, the demand for skilled professionals who can manage and mitigate their effects continues to grow. The online Certificate in Disaster Management equips you with the essential abilities needed from a public health standpoint to prepare for and prevent disasters, assess risk, communicate with organizations and populations, make decisions and take action according to established models and practices, and aid in the recovery process.

You may be able to apply your certificate to positions involved in:


  • Coordinating or implementing programs and plans related to emergency preparedness, response, and/or recovery
  • Assisting states or communities to plan and implement community development programs for emergency and disaster management
  • Assisting with the development of educational and training materials for disaster-relief initiatives
  • Providing summaries and progress reports to senior level management and program directors
  • Duties associated with law enforcement, fire safety services and other public safety agencies that deal with disaster planning

Certificate in Disaster Management Curriculum

The certificate requires the successful completion of four courses. It can be earned as a stand-alone certificate or in conjunction with the Master of Public Health degree program.

MPH 650 Principles & Practices of Emergency Response & Recovery
Introduces the core principles and practices of emergency response and recovery from all types of hazards, threats, and disasters.

MPH 654 Psychology and Sociology of Disasters
Examines the immediate and long-term effects that natural and man-made disasters have on survivors, their communities and first responders; and methods to assist survivors in their recovery.

MPH 656 Hazard Assessment & Preparedness
Focuses on the basics of hazard and vulnerability assessment and how disaster planning evolves from the assessment process.

MPH 657 Disaster Management in Public Health 
Examines incident preparedness and response from a variety of public health dimensions, including: acute and chronic health care delivery, impacts on vulnerable populations, delivery of basic human services, epidemic response, and environmental and occupational health.

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