Emergency Preparedness Certificate

Earn Your MPH Degree With or Without a Certificate—or Just Earn a Certificate

The online Emergency Preparedness Certificate equips you with the essential skills, including risk management, crisis management and disaster management, necessary 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 Emergency Preparedness 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
This course introduces the core principles and practices of emergency response and recovery from all types of hazards, threats and disasters. Coursework presents the four elements of emergency management (mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery) and research techniques for effective responses to different disaster scenarios.

MPH 654 Psychology and Sociology of Disasters
The focus of this course is 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. Students learn to mitigate stress reactions, triage behavioral casualties and when to refer to behavioral health specialists or other social and medical services.

MPH 656 Hazard Assessment & Preparedness
Building on MPH 650, students study the basics of hazard and vulnerability assessment and how disaster planning evolves from the assessment process. Topics include how mitigation and risk assessment contribute to emergency management, FEMA mitigation plan review process and criteria, and how to review and evaluate mitigation plans.

MPH 657 Disaster Management in Public Health 
Coursework 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, injury prevention, infectious disease prevention, and environmental and occupational health. Students analyze the role of the public health system in disasters, identify potential shortcomings and evaluate its readiness in terms of infrastructure, communication and preparedness.

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