The United States is part of a global community responding to disasters that may be man-made or natural in origin. Although the response is often tailored to event characteristics, basic concepts are common to all disasters.
The Certificate in Emergency Preparedness is designed to prepare the student to work in a world where emergency preparedness and response skills are essential to the public health infrastructure. Events explored include naturally occurring disasters, intentional acts of terrorism, and new emerging infectious disease threats. The course curriculum is designed to be reflective and inclusive of current and nationally endorsed competencies. Major topics to be covered include an introduction to the National Response Framework, the Incident Command System, and core concepts that will adhere to the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’s) mission to approach disaster planning in four phases: prevent, protect, respond, and recover.
Given the changing landscape for a secure and prosperous nation, the citizens of this country look to experts in the fields of disaster and emergency preparedness for leadership and guidance in difficult times. A well prepared nation minimizes the impact of such disasters and recovers more quickly and effectively. Leadership that is well equipped with the knowledge and experience to respond to such events is required both globally and in this country.
This online graduate-level professional certificate in Emergency Preparedness serves to increase the student's overall knowledge in the field of Emergency Preparedness. The Federal Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) core focus areas have been adopted as the structural and conceptual basis for all course development and are as follows: Prevent, Protect, Respond and Recover.
This curriculum is unique nationally. The key emergency preparedness content material is structured and will be delivered through four core courses based on the above essential core areas, and supplemented with core public health foundational courses.
In addition to the Higher Learning Commission accreditation carried by all University of Nebraska campuses, the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health is also accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.
The U.S. Department of Education recognizes CEPH as the accrediting body for schools and programs of public health.
Home Campus: University of Nebraska Medical Center
Method of Delivery: 100% Online - what's this?Program can be completed fully at a distance. Courses are asynchronous, meaning students and instructor may access content at any time and do not have to be connected to the Internet at the same time. If your program includes an internship or practicum, experiences may be completed in the student's local area.
All online courses are accessed via the Internet and use a learning management system. Technology requirements may vary by program and course, but all campuses have basic recommended requirements. High-speed Internet is required.
Interaction with professors and other students may include:
- Online discussion boards
- Phone or video conferencing
- Other forms of electronic and print communication
Supplemental materials for some courses may include:
- Printed material and scanned documents
- Digital resources accessed through university libraries
- Videos accessed via the Internet, CDs or DVDs
- Other media
To be successful, students taking online classes should be reasonably comfortable using a computer and the Internet. Learn more about online student tips for success.Courses are taught by the same faculty who teach on campus. Students may be required to write papers, complete projects, conduct research, and communicate with professors. Students may work independently on assignments and with coworkers on group projects, do case presentations, take quizzes and exams, just as students on campus are required to do.