Graduate Certificate in Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security (20 hours)
Contact: The MPH department at 217/206-6720, email@example.com, or http://www.uis.edu/publichealth/
The Graduate Certificate in Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security (EPHS Certificate) is a 20-hour interdisciplinary certificate program administered by the Department of Public Health. Courses for the certificate are offered by all College of Public Affairs and Administration programs: Criminal Justice, Environmental Studies, Legal Studies, Political Studies, Public Administration, and Public Health.
The EPHS certificate provides interdisciplinary professional education to the administrators of governmental agencies and others who need to enhance their skills and abilities in the area. Among this audience will be individuals in law enforcement administration, fire departments, public health agencies, and health care providers as well as people in private industry. This unique program provides post-bachelors education for administrators rather than training for first responders or professional education for individuals just entering the workforce.
Students take three core courses in environmental risk assessment, risk communication and management, and program evaluation. Two elective courses will allow students to extend these skills to one or two disciplinary areas. The electives have been chosen to include courses on salient issues of public policy influenced by recent challenges in emergency preparedness and homeland security.
Admission to the EPHS Certificate Program
The certificate requires formal application for admission to the university followed by review of the application by the faculty of the Public Health Department. Advising will be provided by the faculty of the Public Health Department in consultation with the faculty of other College of Public Affairs and Administration departments who are offering courses for the EPHS certificate.
To be eligible for admission to the EPHS Certificate program, students must:
- hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution,
- meet campus requirements for admission to graduate study,
- have a GPA in their bachelor’s degree of 3.00 or better, or have a GPA in their bachelor’s degree of 2.75 or better with documentation of substantial professional experience in the field of emergency preparedness or homeland security.
Candidates must complete a EPHS certificate form and submit to the Public Health , University of Illinois at Springfield, One University Plaza, MS PAC 309, Springfield, IL 62703-5407.