The Graduate Certificate in Disaster Management provides students with an understanding of the principles of disaster management. Students receive advanced training in planning, mitigating, responding and recovering from human-made and natural disasters to improve health outcomes and reduce property losses in affected regions around the world.

The certificate program is open to current graduate students in any discipline, provided the student has a satisfactory academic and/or professional background. Post-baccalaureate individuals not currently enrolled in a graduate program may be admitted as non-degree graduate students.

The certificate requires the DMAN 7100 – Introduction to Disaster Management and DMAN 7200 – Disaster Management for Health Professionals, along with one additional DMAN core course (a total of 9 core hours), and 9 hours of elective credits. The full list of classes can be found here.


The graduate minor consists of 18 semester hours of coursework, which must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.

Students must take the following two courses, one additional DMAN core course, and 9 hours of elective coursework to be eligible to receive a certificate in disaster management.

Required Courses:

  • DMAN 7100 – Introduction to Disaster Management
  • DMAN 7200 – Disaster Management for Health Professionals

Choose One of the Following:

  • DMAN 7400 – Public Health Crises and Disaster Management
  • DMAN 7500 – Understanding Terrorism and Homeland Security


  • DMAN 8900 — Special Topics in Disaster Management or
  • DMAN 8910 — Problems in Disaster Management

Other elective options can be found here.

Note that not all courses will be offered each semester and inclusion upon this list does not indicate that a course will be offered in the future. Prior approval by the host department may be required to enroll in some courses.

How To Apply

For more information on how to apply for the Graduate Certificate in Disaster Management, check out the College of Public Health’s website.


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