The Graduate Certificate in Disaster Management, offered by the College’s Institute for Disaster Management, provides students with an understanding of the principles of disaster management. Students receive advanced training in planning for and response to man-made and natural disasters to improve health outcomes and reduce property losses in affected regions around the world.

The certificate program is open to current graduate students in any discipline, provided the student has a satisfactory academic and/or professional background. Post-baccalaureate individuals not currently enrolled in a graduate program may be admitted as non-degree graduate students.

Courses (18 Hours)

How to Apply

All students must first complete the certificate program application link to apply to the program.  The application will be reviewed and you will be notified once your application has been processed.

Students will be required to successfully complete 18 hours of coursework, including nine hours of required core coursework and nine hours from a list of electives.

Core Courses (9 Hours)

Students must take the following two courses, plus one additional DMAN core course, (a total of 9 hours) to be eligible to receive a certificate in disaster management.

Required Courses (6 Hours:)

DMAN 7100 – Introduction to Disaster Management
DMAN 7200 – Disaster Management for Health Professionals

Choose One of the Following (3 Hours):

DMAN 7400 – Public Health Crises and Disaster Management
DMAN 7500 – Understanding Terrorism and Homeland Security

Elective Courses (9 Hours)

Students are required to take 9 hours of elective coursework and may choose from the approved courses below. Note that not all courses will be offered each semester and inclusion upon this list does not indicate that a course will be offered in the future. Prior approval by the host department may be required to enroll in some courses. (NOTE: Only one DMAN elective will count towards certificate.)

DMAN 8900 — Special Topics in Disaster Management or
DMAN 8910 — Problems in Disaster Management
EHSC 6400 – Environmental Issues in the Developing World
EHSC 6910 – Introductory Toxicology
EHSC 8110 – Fundamentals of Chemical and Microbial Risk Assessment
EHSC 8220 – Predictive Toxicology Using Mathematical Models
EHSC 8250 – Biomarkers: Public Health, Clinical, and Environmental Toxicology Applications
EHSC 8400 – Occupational and Environmental Disease
EHSC 8510 – Environmental Risk Assessment and Communication
EHSC 8710 – Issues in Biosafety and Biosecurity
EHSC 8930 – Chemical Toxicology
EPID 8515/8515L — Modeling Infectious Diseases
EPID 8610 — Principles and Practices in Global Epidemiology
GEOG 6370 — Geographic Information Science
HADM/PHRM 8670 — Economic Evaluation in Health Care
HPAM 8500 – Comparative Global Health Care Systems
HPAM 8700 — Management of Public Health Organizations
HPAM 8800 — Leadership in Public Health
HPRB/SPCM 6610 — Health Communication
HPRB 7470 — Program Evaluation in Health Promotion and Health Education
INTL 8200 — Special Topics in International Relations
INTL 8210 — International Organizations
INTL 8230 — International Conflict
INTL 8280 — Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict
INTL 8290 — Strategic Intelligence
JRMC 7355 — Health and Medical Journalism
JRMC 7356 — Advanced Health and Medical Journalism
JRMC/SPCM 7611 — Health Advocacy in a Multicultural Society
JRMC/SPCM 7612 — Medical Interviewing and Information Dissemination
JRMC 8160 — Special Topics in Public Relations (usually Media and Public Health)
JRMC/SPCM/PBHL 8165 — Public Health Communication
JRMC 8170 — Risk Communication
PADP 7360 — Managing Government Performance
PADP 7500 — Local Government Management
PADP 7540 — Productivity Improvement in Local Government
PADP 7900 — Managing Volunteers in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors
PBHL 8100 — Current Topics in Public Health
PBLH/SPCM/JRMC 8165 — Public Health Communication
PBHL/MIBO/PHSI 8260 — Global Perspectives on Tropical and Emerging Infectious Diseases (1 hr)
POLS 9200 — Intelligence and National Security
SPCM 6310 — Communication Strategies in Government
SPCM/HPRB 6610 — Health Communication
SPCM/JRMC 7611 — Health Advocacy in a Multicultural Society
SPCM/JRMC 7612 — Medical Interviewing and Information Dissemination
SPCM 8610 — Seminar in Health Communication
SPCM/PBHL/JRMC 8165 — Public Health Communication

Completing the Certificate

Once all course requirements are complete, students must apply to graduate in Athena.  Please follow the steps below so that credit for the certificate is applied to your UGA transcript.  Graduate students may do this prior to completing a graduate degree from the university.  The certificate is a stand-alone certification and can be awarded once all requirements are met.

  • Apply to graduate in Athena Candidates for completion of the certificate must apply to graduate using the graduation application available in Athena by the withdrawal deadline of the semester in which they intend to graduate. Detailed instructions on how to apply to graduate can be found here on the UGA Office of the Registrar website.