Emergency Preparedness, Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Emergency Preparedness

University of Nebraska Medical Center

  • Fully Online
  • 18
    Credits
  • $597.00
    In-State
  • $597.00
    Out-of-State

Program Overview

The online Emergency Preparedness certificate is designed to prepare professionals to work in a world where emergency preparedness and response skills are essential to public health infrastructure. 

This online graduate-level professional certificate serves to increase the student's overall knowledge in the field of emergency preparedness. 

The University of Nebraska Medical Centers College of Public Health, already renowned for its expertise in Biopreparedness and Biosecurity, is emerging as a leading researcher to establish evidence-based knowledge in the field. 

Through coursework, students will: 

  • Explore events including natural disasters, intentional acts of terrorism and newly emerging infectious disease threats
  • Gain 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) mission
  • Benefit from a flexible online format with key emergency preparedness content structured and delivered through four core courses based on the focus areas established by the Federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 

Career Outlook: The importance of preparing for and minimizing the risks from emergencies will help sustain the demand and employment of individuals in the emergency management field. A certificate creates a unique credential that could be added to a vast array of educational backgrounds. 

Potential career options*:

  • Emergency Preparedness Specialist
  • Emergency Management Consultant
  • Emergency Management Coordinator
  • Emergency Management Program Director
  • Hazardous Material Management
  • Homeland Security
  • Public Health Preparedness

*Career options outlined may require previous experience, licensure, certification or other designations.

Admissions and Requirements

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 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:

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

Courses You’ll Take

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
HPRO 812/CPH 553Emergency Preparedness: Response0
HPRO 813/CPH 554Emergency Preparedness: Response and Recovery0
HPRO 810/CPH 550Emergency Preparedness: Prevention0
EPI 811/CPH 631Emergency Preparedness: Protection3
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.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CPH 553Emergency Preparedness: Respond3
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.
EPI 820/CPH 504Introduction to Epidemiology3
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.
CPH 500Foundations of Public Health3
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.
HPRO 810/CPH 550Emergency Preparedness: Prevention0
CPH 550Emergency Preparedness: Prevention3
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.
CRCJ 8230Terrorism3
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
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.
CPH 554Emergency Preparedness: Respond and Recover3
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.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$597.00
Fees
$71.25
Total
$668.25

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$1791.00
Fees
$213.75
Total
$2004.75

Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$597.00
Fees
$71.25
Total
$668.25

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$1791.00
Fees
$213.75
Total
$2004.75

Note: In addition to the per credit hour fees outlined above, the College of Public Health charges a $200 Technology Fee each semester a student is enrolled.

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 optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall SemesterJul 02
  • Spring SemesterNov 02