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Graduate Certificate in Disaster Management

The Graduate Certificate Disaster Management prepares professionals in disaster preparedness, response and management. The graduate certificate is a non-degree program with provides skills in working within the management structure and operational models unique to disasters including; crises communication, population issues and psychosocial aspects of disasters.

Courses carry degree credit and may be applied toward the MPH degree in disaster management.

Professionals who select the certificate may already have a master’s degree and seek a specialization in industrial hygiene. Others seek a credential to work in the disaster management fields.

Backgrounds of professionals in the disaster management certificate have experience in public health, on disaster management teams, occupational or environmental health professionals with disaster management responsibilities and a wide range of other professional experiences.

Program Competencies

At the completion of the Graduate Certificate in Disaster Management, the student will be able to:

  • Apply public health, policy, practice and scientific principles to address the health threats resulting from natural and intentional disasters.
  • Integrate environmental public health strategies in disaster preparedness, response, containment, and recovery.
  • Integrate public health skills in emergency planning and response, crisis communications, protecting vulnerable populations, and managing the psychosocial impact of disasters.
Admission Requirements

The Distance Learning Programs follow the Tulane SPHTM admission requirements. In addition, the department requests the following from applicants:

  • Baccalaureate degree with Grade Point Average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Minimum of 3 years of professional experience in industrial hygiene or closely related field.
  • To apply, send the application form and transcript documenting bachelor’s degree and GPA directly to the DL Graduate Certificate program.
Graduate Certificate Program Requirements

The Graduate Certificate in Disaster management requires 15 credits includes:

  • GEHS 6430 Disaster and Emergency Communication (3)
  • GEHS 6600 Principles of Toxicology (3)
  • GEHS 6910 Environmental Aspects of Disaster Response (3)
  • GEHS 6930 Population Issues During Disasters (3)
  • GEHS 6950 Psychosocial Aspects of Disasters (3)

Apply Graduate Certificate credits toward the MPH in Disaster Management

Course credits received in the graduate certificate may be applied to the MPH in Disaster Management. Students proceeding into the MPH degree complete a total of 42 credits that include the remainder of the required Disaster Management courses and the SPHTM core. Only the MPH degree in Disaster Management is awarded. Student must have a GPA of 3.0 in coursework and meet the MPH degree admission requirements to transfer to the degree program. Contact the DL manager prior to completion of the certificate for information.

Combined Graduate Certificate in Disaster Management with a MPH degree in another area

Student in another MPH degree program seeking to add a graduate certificate in Disaster Management may use the elective credits available in the degree program, but not required courses, for the graduate certificate. Required courses cannot be double counted toward both the MPH and a graduate certificate.  If there is an overlap in required courses, the student, in consultation with their advisor, selects another disaster management courses to meet the 15 credits. The combined MPH and graduate certificate may take 5 to 6 additional credits beyond the total for the degree alone. The combined MSPH in industrial hygiene and graduate certificate will take an additional 14 credits.

Contact Us

Erica B. Geary

Email: dlinfo@tulane.edu

Phone: 504-988-3786 or 800-862-2122

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