Disaster Management


The Graduate Certificate in Disaster Management is designed to enhance the knowledge base of public health professionals, as well as other disaster management personnel, in the management, preparedness, response, and recovery from natural and man-made disasters. The design of the certificate engages the student in critical thinking skills that enable them to reduce the health complexities of disasters. The certificate is also designed to increase the managerial and leadership skills of public health professionals working with large populations after a disaster (i.e., refugee and displaced populations).

Course Location/Delivery

This certificate is offered fully online.

Admission Requirements

The applicant must hold a bachelor's degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA from a regionally accredited institution. International applicants must provide original transcripts certified as equivalent to the U.S. bachelor's degree. Please visit for more information on international admissions.

Application Process

To learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process.


  • PHC 6183 - Overview of United States and International Emergency/Disaster Management (3)


12 - 15 credit hours

  • PHC 6183 - Overview of United States and International Emergency/Disaster Management
  • PHC 6185 - Emergency/Disaster Preparedness and Planning Concepts
  • PHC 6184 - Emergency/Disaster Recovery
  • PHC 6186 - Public Health Emergencies in Large Populations
  • PHC 6945 - Supervised Field Experience (may be waived with one yr. of related professional experience)


None are required.

Time Limit for Completion of Certificate

Per University Policy, all Certificates have a five year time limit; however, the approximate time to complete the Certificate is three years.

Credit toward Graduate Degree

Up to 12 hours of certificate course credits may be applied to a graduate degree with departmental approval.

Standardized Tests

International students must submit a TOEFL score when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the web-based test is required.


Anthony Masys, Ph.D., C.D.
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Pre-Admissions Advising - Public Health
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