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Public Health Emergency and Epidemic Preparedness Graduate Certificate

Developed and implemented by public health experts with extensive applied experience in public health emergency and epidemic preparedness/response, the University of Arizona’s Graduate Certificate in Public Health Emergency and Epidemic Preparedness will provide participants with skills needed to support public health response to emergencies, epidemics, and pandemics.

Participants in this 12-unit certificate program will gain an understanding of emergency management systems and essential public health response skills. Upon completion of the certificate, participants should be able to gain proficiency in the National Incident Management System and attain Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Emergency Responder Tier Two level credentials (i.e., Certification in FEMA courses ICS 100, 200, 700, and 800) use epidemiological tools to conduct rapid assessment and public health investigation of emergencies/disease outbreaks, conduct contact-tracing, plan, and demonstrate skills needed to support emergency response at local, state, national, or global levels. Participants will be provided the opportunity to demonstrate skills in organizing an incident command system. Individuals who successfully complete this certificate will also earn three FEMA certificates and a certificate in contact tracing. Delivered fully online through Main Campus and Arizona Online, this certificate program can be completed in one year.

Admissions Requirements

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. The applicant is required to hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum 2.75 GPA (GPA is based on the last 60 units, or if the applicant has 12 or more graduate units, the GPA will be based on graduate units)
  • One letter of recommendation is required from a supervisor, mentor, or other individual familiar with your work and professional abilities
  • Resume/CV which should include: educational background and employment experience
  • Written statement of background and goals (one page single spaced)
  • International applicants may need to provide proof of English proficiency
  • Applicants are not required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

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Apply online through the University of Arizona Graduate College:

Application Deadlines: 

Fall start

June 1st

Spring start

October 1st

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Required Courses – 12 units:

  • Required Certificate Core Courses (9 units)
    • EHS 590 – Pandemic Emergency Response Capstone
    • HPS 559 – Management of Public Health Emergencies
    • EHS 589 – Public Health Preparedness
  • Electives (3 Units, Choose 1)
    • HPS 534 – Infectious Diseases, Global Health and Development
    • EHS 539A – Outbreaks and Environmental Microbiology: Then to Now
    • EHS 520 – Environmentally Acquired Illnesses
    • EHS 502 – Environmental Monitoring Methods
    • EHS/EPID 545 – One Health Foundations
    • EPID/BIOS/EHS/HPS 599 – Independent Study

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Contact the Certificate Coordinator at: 

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