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Emergency Preparedness

Professional Certificate

University of Nebraska Medical Center

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    18
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $560.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $560.00

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Get the same diploma as on campus students

The Certificate in Emergency Preparedness is designed to prepare the student to work in a world where emergency preparedness and response skills are essential to the public health infrastructure. Events explored include naturally occurring disasters, intentional acts of terrorism, and new emerging infectious disease threats. The course curriculum is designed to be reflective and inclusive of current and nationally endorsed competencies.  Major topics to be covered include an introduction to the National Response Framework, the Incident Command System, and core concepts that will adhere to the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’s) mission to approach disaster planning in four phases: prevent, protect, respond, and recover.

Given the changing landscape for a secure and prosperous nation, the citizens of this country look to experts in the fields of disaster and emergency preparedness for leadership and guidance in difficult times. A well prepared nation minimizes the impact of such disasters and recovers more quickly and effectively. Leadership that is well equipped with the knowledge and experience to respond to such events is required both globally and in this country.

This online graduate-level professional certificate in Emergency Preparedness serves to increase the student's overall knowledge in the field of Emergency Preparedness. The Federal Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) core focus areas have been adopted as the structural and conceptual basis for all course development and are as follows: Prevent, Protect, Respond and Recover. 

This curriculum is unique nationally. The key emergency preparedness content material is structured and will be delivered through four core courses based on the above essential core areas, and supplemented with core public health foundational courses.  

University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health in addition to Higher Learning Commission accreditation

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that enables maximum learning and because technology provides students with maximum access to education.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

    Degree must be completed with a 3.0 or higher grade point average for the last 60 undergraduate or the last 18 graduate/post-baccalaureate credit hours completed

  2. 3.00 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. A written personal statement

    Describe your career objectives and your interest in and potential for contributing to the field of public health and preparedness. Provide a self-assessment of computer, quantitative analysis, and personal skills and general preparation for succeeding in a public health certificate program

  4. 2 letters of recommendation

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  • Complete an online application for admission. Select "Certificate of Public Health Emergency Preparedness" as your program on the application
  • Submit your $75.00 non-refundable application fee
  • Complete the UNMC College of Public Health Application Packet
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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
July 1
Spring Semester
November 1

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
EPI 811/CPH 631Emergency Preparedness: Protection

Course Number: EPI 811/CPH 631

HPRO 810/CPH 550Emergency Preparedness: Prevention

Course Number: HPRO 810/CPH 550

HPRO 812/CPH 553Emergency Preparedness: Response

Course Number: HPRO 812/CPH 553

HPRO 813/CPH 554Emergency Preparedness: Response and Recovery

Course Number: HPRO 813/CPH 554

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CPH 500Foundations of Public Health3

Course Number: CPH 500

This is an introductory survey course, which will ensure that all public health students, within their first full year of study, are exposed to the fundamental concepts and theories that provide the basis for the body of knowledge in the field of public health. This course will prepare students to work in public health with a sound theoretical, conceptual, and historical basis for their work.

CPH 550Emergency Preparedness: Prevention3

Course Number: CPH 550

This course is designed to prepare the graduate student to work in a world where emergency preparedness and response skills are essential to the public health infrastructure, in preparation for naturally occurring disasters, intentional acts of terrorism and new emerging infectious disease threats. Major topics to be covered include an introduction to the National Response Framework, the Incident Command System (ICS) and the history of federal disaster legislation. Students will then explore various response agencies and initiatives to include the Strategic National Stockpile Program, culminating in an overview of risk assessment, disaster planning and the process of exercising disaster plans.

CPH 553Emergency Preparedness: Respond3

Course Number: CPH 553

This course is designed to prepare the graduate student to work in fields where emergency preparedness and response skills are essential to the public health infrastructure, in preparation for naturally occurring disasters, intentional acts of terrorism and new emerging infectious disease threats.  The course curriculum is designed to be reflective and inclusive of current and nationally endorsed competencies and focuses on topic areas related to the actual response to an event. Major topics to be covered include an introduction to on-site incident management, responder safety and health, animal disease emergency response, mass sheltering, citizen evacuation, and weapons of mass destruction (WMD), culminating in an overview of mass casualty triage and medical system surge.

CPH 554Emergency Preparedness: Respond and Recover3

Course Number: CPH 554

The course curriculum is designed to be reflective and inclusive of current and nationally endorsed competencies and focuses on topic areas related to the response to and recovery from an event. Major topics to be covered include a review and in-depth look at medical surge, mass immunization/dispensing, behavioral health, and mass fatalities culminating in an overview of short term and long term recovery concepts inherent to restoring economic, health, vital infrastructure, and community services.

CRCJ 8230Terrorism3

Course Number: CRCJ 8230

A course devoted to an exploration and analysis of contemporary special problems in the broad spectrum of law enforcement and corrections.

EPI 811/CPH 631Emergency Preparedness: Protection3

Course Number: EPI 811/CPH 631

This course is designed to prepare the graduate student to work in fields where emergency preparedness and response skills are essential to the public health infrastructure, in preparation for naturally occurring disasters, intentional acts of terrorism and new emerging infectious disease threats. Major topics to be covered include an introduction to Critical Infrastructure Protection (Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD) 7), agriculture defense and the history of emerging infectious disease. Students will then explore various protection agencies and initiatives to include the BIOSENSE Program, culminating in an overview of surveillance and detection.

EPI 820/CPH 504Introduction to Epidemiology3

Course Number: EPI 820/CPH 504

The objective of the course is to understand the application of survey and research methodology in epidemiology, especially in the community setting. Theoretical aspects will be taught as an integral part of understanding the techniques of study design and community survey. Concepts to be covered include measure of disease occurrence, measures of disease risk, study design, assessment of alternative explanations for data-based findings, and methods of testing or limiting alternatives. Students will be expected to address an epidemiological question of interest to them, first developing the hypothesis and conducting a literature search, then developing a study design and writing, in several stages, a brief proposal for the study.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $560.00
  • Fees: $61.25
  • Total: $621.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1680.00
  • Fees: $183.75
  • Total: $1863.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $560.00
  • Fees: $61.25
  • Total: $621.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1680.00
  • Fees: $183.75
  • Total: $1863.75
Note: In addition to the per credit hour fees outlined above, the College of Public Health charges a $150 Technology Fee each semester a student is enrolled.

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What's it like to take a program online?

  • Quality learning experience

    The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.

  • Flexibility

    Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.

  • Service you expect from a leading University

    Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.

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