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Public Health Emergency & Epidemic Preparedness

Undergraduate Certificate


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Credits Required: 12
Cost Per Credit: $525
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Zuckerman College of Public Health

Program Details

Public health emergencies such as epidemics, pandemics, hurricanes and more continue to pose a severe threat to the health and safety of our world. Effective public health preparedness is more important than ever to respond to and recover from such emergencies. The Undergraduate Certificate in Public Health Emergency and Epidemic Preparedness provides you with the foundational knowledge and critical skills needed to support public health responses to such predicaments.  

This program teaches you to assess emergency and disaster risks using a risk management approach. You will apply Disasters Risk Reduction (DRR) theories and strategies and describe epidemiological procedures for investigating outbreaks.

Developed and implemented by public health experts with extensive applied experience in public health emergency and epidemic preparedness and response, this certificate focuses on specialized training for a prepared workforce that goes beyond routine public health practice.

The Undergraduate Certificate in Public Health Emergency and Epidemic Preparedness introduces you to emergency management systems, various forms of disasters, public health threats, and essential public health response skills. Be trained to use epidemiological tools to conduct a rapid assessment and public health investigation of emergencies and disease outbreaks. 

This undergraduate certificate is the first in the US to train on emergency and epidemic preparedness subjects. Once you have completed a series of FEMA and contact tracing trainings as part of this certificate, you will earn three FEMA certificates and a certificate in contact tracing.

This program can be completed in one year.

A prerequisite in MATH 112 or equivalent is required for this program. 


*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: EHS 110, EHS 320, and EPID 309. You may choose from a list of electives for your final three units to complete the certificate requirements. 

EHS 100: Foundation of Disasters Management and Response
EHS 300: Fundamentals of Public Health Emergency and Epidemic Response
EPID 309: Introduction to Epidemiology
EHS 489: Public Health Preparedness
HPS 459: Management of Public Health Emergencies
EPID 411: Health and Disease Across Time and World
EPID 479: Infections and Epidemics
EHS 439A: Outbreak & Environmental Microbiology: Then and Now
EPID 497T: Case Investigations, Contact Tracing and Public Health Response



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

  • Analytical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Communication
  • Emergency management
  • Contact tracing
  • Risk assessment
  • Disaster risk reduction
  • Emergency planning procedures
  • Setting incident command response

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

  • Emergency Response Coordinator
  • Emergency Manager
  • Emergency Planner
  • Health & Safety Coordinator
  • Environmental Health Technician
  • Public Health Aide
  • Public Health Educator
  • Public Health Emergency Preparedness Clerk