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Public Health Emergency & Epidemic Preparedness

Graduate Certificate


Certificates Earned
with Program Completion


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Quick Facts

Credits Required: 12
Cost Per Credit: $700
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Zuckerman College of Public Health

Program Details

Are you ready to take on the challenge of assessing and addressing future public health emergencies and epidemics? The Graduate Certificate in Public Health Emergency & Epidemic Preparedness is the only certificate program of its kind in Arizona. It is developed, implemented, and taught by leading experts who have knowledge of how agencies and health services organizations coordinate to respond to public health emergencies and epidemics.

This program will teach you to use epidemiological tools to conduct rapid assessment and public health investigation of emergencies and disease outbreaks. With the guidance of experts, you will learn to conduct contact tracing and demonstrate skills needed to support emergency response at local, state, national, or global levels. You will also be provided the opportunity to demonstrate mastery in organizing an incident command system. 

Faculty in this program are professionals in healthcare services, emergency services, law enforcement, and more. They apply their real-world knowledge to help you develop your emergency and epidemic preparedness expertise. 

Once you successfully complete this certificate, you will earn three FEMA certificates and a certificate in contact tracing. You will also 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).

Can be completed 100% online and in one year.

*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.


This certificate requires the completion of three required courses and one elective course (12 credits total). The required courses are HPS 559 and EHS 589, EHS 900. You may then choose one course from the list below:

HPS 559: Management of Public Health Emergencies
EHS 589: Public Health Preparedness I
EHS 502: Environmental Monitoring Methods
EHS 520: Environmentally Acquired Illnesses
EHS 539A: Outbreaks and Environmental Microbiology: Then to Now
EHS/EPID 545: One Health Foundations
HPS 534: Infectious Diseases, Global Health and Development
EHS 590: Pandemic Emergency Response Capstone



Earning your Graduate Certificate in Public Health Emergency & Epidemic Preparedness will build core skills, including:

  • Emergency management
  • Emergency response
  • Contact tracing
  • Risk assessment
  • Public health investigation
  • Disaster risk reduction
  • Emergency planning procedures
  • Setting incident command response
  • Using epidemiological tools
  • Analytical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Communication

Graduates of the Public Health Emergency & Epidemic Preparedness Graduate Certificate program will be prepared to pursue careers in the following fields:

  • Government Agencies
  • Health and Public Health Departments
  • Community Organizations
  • Emergency Services
  • Law Enforcement
  • Health Education
  • Non-Governmental Aid Organizations
  • Healthcare Providers
  • Community Health Programs