The Program

The UGA Institute for Disaster Management (IDM) offers a graduate certificate in Disaster Management, a 12-credit hour, self-paced program that provides students with an understanding of the principles of the field. Through coursework and field learning experiences, certificate students receive training in planning for, mitigating, responding to, and recovering from human-made and natural disasters to improve health outcomes and reduce property losses in affected regions worldwide.

The certificate program is open to current UGA graduate students in any discipline, provided the student has a satisfactory academic and/or professional background. The certificate pairs well with any disciplinary program and provides students with broad skills and knowledge applicable to any field. 

The 12-hour certificate coursework includes the management structure and operational models unique to disasters, crisis communication, terrorism, population issues, and psychosocial aspects of disasters.

Students will earn certifications from agencies such as:

  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • The National Disaster Life Support Foundation
  • National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
  • Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center

By the Numbers



The 12 credit hour certificate consists of 6 hours of core disaster management courses, 3 hours of elective disaster management coursework, and 3 hours of approved electives (could be disaster management or a related field), which must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.

Students must take the following two core DMAN courses, one additional DMAN elective course, and 3 other hours of elective coursework (12 total hours) to be eligible to receive a certificate 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

Complete this quick application survey 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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