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 registration forms with tentative program of study to apply to the program. Completed forms must be mailed or hand delivered to the Program’s Graduate Certificate Coordinator. Original signatures are needed on the registration forms, so please do not fax or email after completion.

    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.

    After satisfying the requirements for the Disaster Management Certificate, students will complete a certificate request form that will be mailed or hand delivered to the Graduate Certificate Coordinator. The form can be found here. Original signatures are needed on the certificate request form, so do not fax or email the completed form to the Graduate Certificate Coordinator.

  • 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

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