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Public Health Preparedness and Disaster Response (PHPDR) Certificate

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus - Aurora, CO

Promote the health of communities threatened by natural hazards, incidents of mass violence, civil conflict, infectious disease outbreaks, and other emergent public health threats. The certificate in Public Health Preparedness and Disaster Response is interdisciplinary, includes both domestic and international content, and focuses on training the leaders of tomorrow in how to help communities mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.

This 15-credit certificate was designed to fulfill an identified gap in public health disaster and humanitarian response training. The program integrates traditional in-person and innovative online learning with action-oriented table-top and field simulation exercises. Evidence-based practice is emphasized.




Course # Course Title Credit
EHOH 6622 Introduction to Public Health Emergency Preparedness 3
EHOH 6625 International Disasters and Global Humanitarianism 3
​EHOH 6626 ​Public Health Emergency and Disaster Responder ​3
Selective (Choose one below)*
​EHOH 6642 Disaster Mental Health: Int'l and Domestic Perspectives ​3
Research Methods: Climate, Disaster and Humanitarian Perspectives 3
Elective ​(Choose one) ​3
Total​ ​ ​15

Curriculum meets U.S. and global standards, including national health security capabilities and humanitarian competencies.
*Other electives may be substituted for EHOH 6641 and EHOH 6642 at the Certificate Director's discretion.

 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 ​​​​


Debra Kreisberg, PhD
Senior Clinical Instructor

Courtney Welton-Mitchell, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor


 Quick Links for Prospective and Current Students

 Admissions Requirements

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 application deadlines: February 15 (summer start); October 15 (spring start)


 Contact Us

​Program Contact:
Debra Kreisberg
Senior Instructor

Admissions Contact: 
Colorado School of Public Health 
303.724.4613 (p) 

Office & Hours: 
CU Anschutz Medical Campus, Fitzsimons Bldg, 3rd Floor 
Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Colorado School of Public Health

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


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