Skip to main content
Sign In
 

Certificate in Public Health Preparedness, Disaster Response, and Resilience

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus - Aurora, CO


The certificate in Public Health Preparedness, Disaster Response, and Resilience (PHPDRR) is designed to provide essential tools for public health practitioners to prepare for and respond to, natural hazards resulting in disasters (weather-related and geophysical), civil unrest, epidemics, and other emerging health threats both internationally and in the US. This includes an emphasis on disasters resulting in internally displaced populations and mass population movements.

The Certificate in Public Health Preparedness, Disaster Response, and Resilience is focused on the acquisition of skills needed to protect and promote the health and resilience of local communities with an emphasis on preparing for, responding to, and recovering from disasters. The PHPDRR Certificate provides education in public health emergency/medical preparedness, and management of disaster impacts, and includes an emphasis on the role of policies supporting best practice in preparedness and response.

The program is ideal both for degree-seeking students and for federal, state, or local emergency management officials, public health practitioners, health care providers, hospital administrators or managers, or first responders, including those aspiring to work internationally or domestically. Designed to immerse the student in experience-based learning and hands-on educational experiences, the program is interdisciplinary and prepares trainees for the spectrum of disaster mitigation, planning, response and recovery necessary for practice. The Certificate emphasizes skills essential to public health infrastructure through the use of case studies, experiential exercises (tabletop and full scale), and first-hand accounts from practitioners.



 

 Curriculum

Required Courses 
*Required curriculum changes will begin March of 2019.

Course # Course Title Credit
Hours
​Semester
EHOH 6622 Introduction to Public Health Emergency Preparedness 3 Spring/Summer (Online)
EHOH 6625 International Disasters and Global Humanitarianism 3 ​Fall (Hybrid)
Selective (choose any 1 course) EHOH 6626: Public Health Disaster Responder
EHOH 6642: International Disaster Psychology
EHOH 6641: Critical Policies in Global Health
3

3

2
Summer (Hybrid)

Spring (Hybrid)

Summer (Online)
​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. (*recommended)

Course # ​Course Title Credit
Hours
​Semester
​EHOH 6641 *Critical Policies in Global Health Engagement ​2 Summer (Hybrid)
EHOH 6638 *Communication Skills for Public Health Impact ​3 Spring
EHOH 6621 E*GIS for Public Health Research and Practice ​3 Fall/Spring
​EHOH 6633 International Travel and Health 1 Spring (Online)
EHOH 6642​ ​*International Disaster Psychology ​3 ​Spring (Hybrid/Online)
​EHOH 6620 ​Risk Analysis and Decision Making ​3 ​Fall (Hybrid)
EHOH 6635
*Climate Change and Health ​3
​Fall 
​CBHS 6619 ​Public Health in the Global Community ​3 ​Spring/Summer (Online)
​CBHS 6610 ​*Social & Behavioral Factors & Health ​3 ​Spring/Summer (Online)
​CBHS 6613 ​*Program Planning and Implementation ​3 ​Fall/Spring
​CBHS 6629 Health and Human Rights ​3 ​Spring
​CBHS 6622 ​Qualitative Research Methods ​3 ​Fall
​CBHS 6640 ​Leadership for Public Health Practice ​2 ​Fall (Online)
​HSMP 6608 ​Ethical and Legal Issues in Public Health ​2 ​Fall
HSMP 6615 Current Global Health Policy Issues 2 Fall (Hybrid)
​BIOS 6685 ​Intro to Public Health Informatics ​3 ​Spring (Online)
​EPID 6624 ​Public Health Surveillance ​2 ​Fall
​EPID 6640 ​Investigation of Disease Outbreaks ​2 ​Summer (Online)
​EPID 6648 ​*Theory Practice of Foodborne Disease ​1 ​Spring
​PUBH 6600 ​Foundations in Public Health ​2 ​Fall/Summer (Online)
​PMHW 6621 ​Mental Health and Wellbeing Promotion ​3 ​Spring


CSU: (CSU students or joint degree only)

Course # ​Course Title Credit
Hours
​Semester
​ANTP 538​0 Food, Hunger and Culture 3 Spring
​ERHS 5380 ​Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Health ​3 ​Spring
​FTEC 5740 ​Current Issues in Food Safety ​2 ​Spring
​HDFS 6080 ​Program Planning and Implementation ​3 ​Spring
​IEOO 6790 ​Applications of International Development ​3 ​Spring
​SOCO 5620 ​Sociology of Food Systems and Agriculture ​3 ​Spring
​SPCM 6390 ​Communication Theory ​3 ​Spring
​VSCS 5330 ​Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases/Zoonosis ​3 ​Spring
​VSCS 6480 ​Food Animal Production and Food Safety ​2 ​Spring
​ANTP 5320 ​The Culture of Disaster ​3 ​Fall
​FSHN 5000 ​Food Systems, Nutrition, and Food Security ​2 ​Fall
​​​​​1

 Learning Objectives

Successful completion of the 15 credit hour PHPDRR Certificate will provide a fundamental understanding of the following in international and domestic context:

  • Public policy development using a systems framework;
  • Community-level public health disaster interventions incorporating an understanding of context and culture;
  • Principles of hazard analysis directing mitigation and preparedness;
  • Applied skills in disaster readiness planning and response to incidents;
  • Assessment and application of basic public health sciences in disasters;
  • Political, legal, pyschological, and social aspects of disasters;
  • Program management and communications principles in emergencies;
  • Critical infrastructure protection in emergencies;
  • Foundational concepts in international disaster response, including best practice standards and core and emerging health themes common to humanitarian crises
  • Emergency preparedness core competencies​ for all public health workers ​​​​
3


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.


Prerequisites for Admissions:
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution

  • Minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA. If GPA is below 3.0, applicant should include an explanation as to why it fell below a 3.0 and how the applicant plans to address any prior academic deficiencies as a graduate student.


Admissions Requirements:
  • The SOPHAS Express application

  • One official copy of all academic transcripts, sent directly to the Colorado School of Public Health Office of Student Affairs . This should include all community colleges and universities attended.

  • Statement of Interest addressing the following two questions: 1) How will this certificate training contribute to your career plans? 2) Please describe work or volunteer experiences, including domestic or international experiences that show your interest in pursuing the certificate program for which you are applying?

  • One letter of recommendation

  • Resume or CV

  • Admissions applicaiton deadlines: February 15 (summer start); October 15 (spring start)

Download the Student Handbook

Colorado School of Public Health

13001 E. 17th Place
Mail Stop B119
Aurora, CO 80045


colorado.sph@ucdenver.edu

​​

© The Regents of the University of Colorado, a body corporate. All rights reserved.

Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. All trademarks are registered property of the University. Used by permission only.