Emergency Preparedness and Response — Certificate

Program director
Ehren Ngo

Closed to admissions for the 2018-2019 academic year.

The Emergency Preparedness and Response Program provides students with the knowledge and skills to effectively plan, implement, and evaluate domestic and international public health emergency response and recovery efforts. The certificate program seeks to develop and enhance the core emergency and preparedness competencies as outlined by the Association of the Schools of Public Health (ASPH) in the document "Master's Level Preparedness and Response Competency Model." (Version 1.1, November 2011, is available at <http://www.aspph.org/educate/models/masters-preparedness-response/>.)

Learner outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students should be prepared to:

  1. Take leadership and management roles in disaster preparedness and response.
  2. Design a preparedness and response plan.
  3. Create, execute, and evaluate tabletop exercises and drills.
  4. Evaluate and assess community and institutional capacity for emergency preparedness and response.
  5. Address the major public health issues that arise during emergencies.

Individuals who may benefit from this program

  • Government officials, i.e., public health, office of emergency preparedness, Native American tribal governments, and bioterrorism coordinators
  • Local city, county, and health workers
  • Hospital/health-care administrators and clinicians
  • Emergency, fire, law enforcement agencies
  • Private industry
  • Nongovernmental organizations
  • Private voluntary organizations
  • Students
  • First responders

Admissions requirements

  • A bachelor's degree (or equivalent), with a cumulative G.P.A. of at least 3.0
EMPR 524Local and State Emergency Preparedness and Response3
EMPR 525National and International Emergency Preparedness and Response3
EMPR 526Public Health Issues in Emergency Preparedness and Response3
EMPR 540Seminars in Emergency Preparedness and Response3
RELT 518Adventist Heritage and Health1
Total Units13

Normal time to complete the program

1 year based on less than half-time enrollment