Certificate in Disaster Management and Resilience

The graduate Certificate in Disaster Management and Resilience is designed for students in other programs at Tulane SPHTM who wish to acquire a more in-depth knowledge of public health in the context of disaster preparedness and management.  For example, the certificate program would appeal to an epidemiology major who has an interest in applying epidemiologic principles to the study and management of chronic disease in the aftermath of disasters; a community health sciences major who will be working on the impact of land use and built-environment on post disaster recovery;  a global health systems and development major who plans to work with disaster-prone populations overseas; and an infectious disease or tropical medicine major who will address post-disaster changes in infectious disease control. Disasters are a concern globally and many public health professionals will end up dealing with the aftermath of disasters no matter their chosen field or where they travel professionally.

Offered by: Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences

Disaster Management Certificate Enrollment Form

Certificate Purpose

Students earning the certificate in Disaster Management and Resilience will be prepared to apply cross-disciplinary knowledge and skills to integrate common concepts of disaster prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery by focusing on health and resilience at multiple social levels, i.e., individual, family, community, and public sector.

Eligible Students

This certificate program is designed for current MPH/MSPH/MPH&TM/MHA students who are not pursuing the Master of Public Health in Disaster Management. The certificate is a complement to degrees in other areas.

Certificate Competencies

Students who earn the Certificate in Disaster Management and Resilience will be able to:

  • Apply public health, policy, practice and scientific principles to address the health threats resulting from natural and intentional disasters (GEHS 6930, GEHS 6950, GEHS 6200);

  • Integrate environmental public health strategies in the development, execution, and evaluation of each core component of disaster management including : preparedness, detection, response, containment, and recovery (GEHS 6930, GEHS 6950, GEHS 6200);

  • Implement population-based interventions to protect communities, particularly vulnerable populations, from natural and intentional disasters (GEHS 6930, GEHS 6430, GEHS 6950, GEHS 7100); and

  • Evaluate the capacity of public health systems to effectively and efficaciously respond to natural and intentional disasters (GEHS 6930, GEHS 6430, GEHS 6950).

Number of Credits Required for Completion: 15

Required Courses
  • ENHS 6430 Disaster and Emergency Communication (3) (summer)
  • ENHS 6930 Populations Issues in Disaster Management: Shelter, Acute Care, Immunizations, Forensics (3) (spring)
  • ENHS 6950 Pyschosocial Aspects of Disasters (3) (summer)
  • ENHS 7100 Community Resilience (3) (spring)

Plus one of the following:

  • ENHS 6200 Applied Preparedness Planning (3) (fall)
  • GHSD 6220 Program Skills in Crisis and Transition Settings (3) (spring)


Students should consult with their academic advisor to determine which certificate best fits their professional and academic goals and how best to plan their graduate course schedule.