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Certificate in Public Health Preparedness & Disaster Response

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus - Aurora, CO

The Certificate in Public Health Preparedness & Disaster Response is focused on the learning and practice of skills needed to protect and promote the health of communities during natural disasters, bio-terrorist incidents, infectious disease outbreaks, and emergent public health threats.  The program is interdisciplinary and prepares trainees in the planning, response, recovery, and mitigation of disaster impact. 
By pursuing this 15 credit certificate, you'll acquire foundational skills in domestic preparedness; response and recovery focused on recognition, evaluation, and control of hazards; as well as public health practice-related skills in communication, management, and surveillance during disasters. Upon completion of the certificate, you'll have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to design, conduct, analyze, and evaluate emergency response and emergency management programs in the 21st century.




Required Courses 
Course # Course Title Credit
EHOH 6622 Introduction to Public Health Emergency Preparedness 3 Summer, Spring, Online
EHOH 6625 International Disasters and Global Humanitarianism 3 ​Fall, Hybrid
EHOH 6626 Public Health Emergency & Disaster Responder 3 Summer*
​Electives ​See list below ​6 ​Varies
Total​ ​ ​15

*EHOH 6622 must be taken before EHOH 6626.

Approved Electives
Students enroll in 6 credit hours of approved electives. 

Course # Course Title Credit
​EHOH 6614 Intro to Environmental & Occupational Health ​3 Fall, Spring
EHOH 6616 Introduction to Environmental & Occupational Toxicology ​3 Spring
EHOH 6617 Environmental & Occupational Epidemiology ​3 Spring
​EHOH 6619 Health Effects & Exposure Assessment 3 Fall
EHOH 6620​ ​Risk Analysis & Risk-based Decision-Making ​3 ​Fall
​EHOH 6633 ​International Travel & Health ​1 ​Spring
EHOH 6635
​EHOH 6710
Climate Change and Health
​Disasters, Climate Change, and Health
​Fall 2018
​EPID 6670 ​Global Health & Disaster Course ​2 ​Fall
​CBHS 6629 ​Health & Human Rights ​3 ​Spring
​CBHS 6630 ​Mental Health ​3 ​Spring
​HSMP 6606 ​Public Health Administration ​2 ​Fall
​HSMP 6608 ​Ethical & Legal Issues in Public Health ​2 ​Fall
​HSMP 6618 ​Comparative Health Systems ​2 ​Spring
​CHBH 6100 ​Program Planning & Evaluation ​3 ​Fall
EPID 6640​ ​Investigation in Disease Outbreaks ​2 ​Summer


 Learning Objectives

By pursing the Certificate in Public Health Preparedness & Disaster Response, you will learn to:

  • Develop public policy using a systems framework;
  • Create public health disaster interventions based on the dimensions of community and culture;
  • Apply principles of hazard analysis and incident management;
  • Apply skills in disaster readiness planning and response coordination;
  • Assess and apply basic public health science principles;
  • Understand political, legal, psychological, and social aspects of disasters;
  • Apply program management and communications principles;
  • Understand emergency preparedness core competencies for all public health workers.

Additional Notes:
  • Certificate students are not guaranteed admission to the MPH program

  • A maximum of 21 Certificate credits may transfer into the MPH program. Of this 21, no more than 9 credits may be from coursework taken as a non-degree student prior to program matriculation. Students should consult the MPH handbook for additional information.

  • If an MPH student completes the certificate concurrently, no more than 9 credits can count toward both programs.

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Aurora, CO 80045


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