Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security

This certificate is available both online and on-campus.

The Graduate Certificate in Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security (EPHS Certificate) is a 20-hour interdisciplinary certificate program. Courses for the certificate are offered by all College of Public Affairs and Administration programs: Criminology and Criminal Justice, Environmental Studies, Legal Studies, Political Science, 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. This audience may include individuals in law enforcement and fire departments administration, public health agencies, health care providers, and people in private industry. This unique program provides post-bachelors education for administrators rather than training for first responders.

Students take three core courses and two elective courses 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.

Required Core Courses 1
MPH 526 Risk Management and Communication 4
MPH 527 Environmental Risk Assessment 4
MPH 508 Program Evaluation for Public Health 2 4/3
or PAD 533 Program Evaluation
Elective Courses 3
Select two of the following: 8
Law Enforcement Challenges: Terrorism
Investigative Concepts and Analysis
Health Law
Environmental Toxicology
ECCE: Chemicals and the Citizen
ECCE: Emerging Diseases
ECCE: Crisis in Environmental Health
Intergovernmental Relations
National Security Issues and the U.S. Constitution
Terrorism and Public Policy
Total Hours 16
1

The three required core courses for the certificate provide students with the opportunity to gain substantial graduate-level expertise in risk assessment, risk communication, and program evaluation.

2

MPH 508 has prerequisites of MPH 503 and MPH 506 which must be taken first and in that order. Students with different course work in statistics and research methods may petition to substitute that course work for these prerequisites.

3

Students must take at least two four-hourelectives from a list of 400- and 500-level courses from participating departments. Students selecting PAD 533 for the core or a three-hour elective must take an additional elective for the certificate. Students may select the electives, in consultation with their advisor, from the following courses (other electives may be considered).