From the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Design and Lead Community Disaster Response
If you’re interested in learning more about disaster and emergency management systems, consider the Community Preparedness and Disaster Management Certificate Program (CPDM), offered online through the Department of Health Policy and Management within the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health.
Over the course of three semesters, you’ll learn how to design emergency management systems to respond to situations such as natural disasters, terrorist attacks, environmental threats and health pandemics in North Carolina and beyond. The program takes an “all hazards” approach to disaster management with an emphasis on building emergency management systems through partnering and networking.
The emergency management certificate program attracts professionals from a variety of backgrounds, which leads to a rich environment for peer networking and learning. It’s not unusual for a class to include veterinarians, fire and medical responders, public health officials, military personnel and community leaders.
Much of the course content features case studies and frameworks that apply to emergency management in North Carolina. You’ll work together with peers on projects that develop your understanding of why and how agencies plan and respond to emergencies and disasters.
The following courses are required for the disaster management certificate online:
Community and Public Health Security–Disasters, Terrorism and Emergency Management Systems
Emergency Management I–Analytic Methods
Emergency Management II–Planning and Implementation
You may be eligible to apply the nine credit hours earned toward a bachelor’s or master’s degree.
The program welcomes only one cohort of students every year, starting in January. The application deadline is usually in December.
No bachelor’s degree or test scores are required. The emergency management certificate is designed for working professionals with or without formal training. It introduces people to the discipline and brings them up to speed quickly.
Students learn entirely online for the online emergency management certificate, with an optional graduation attendance each May. Enrolled students should have access to a personal computer with a high-speed Internet connection (T1, cable or DSL service).
You will complete orientation in a half-day session via Zoom. You will complete all coursework online as well. A typical online module consists of 2–3 video presentations, 5–8 journal articles (there are no textbooks) and two 3–5 page research papers to produce. The modules are designed to be challenging, but also sensitive to the time constraints of the working professional.
Additional Online Offerings From UNC-Chapel Hill
In addition to the online emergency management certificate, UNC-Chapel Hill offers other online education options in public health and government, such as:
If you’ve been thinking about expanding your individual knowledge or you want to advance your career in disaster management, the online Community Preparedness and Disaster Management Certificate Program might be a perfect fit. Take the next step toward building an emergency management system through partnering and networking.