(18 semester hours)
The Graduate Certificate in Emergency Preparedness is designed for public health, environmental health, occupational health, and emergency professionals along with managers and educators who need to upgrade their skills in the area of protecting people in emergencies. HEA520 provides a solid preparation in fundamental skills such as epidemiology and public health practice, while ENV530 allows the student to learn how to identify, measure and control environmental hazards. ENV545 and ENV551 expand the student's knowledge about risks and how they are measured, modeled and communicated. ENV570 and 575 focus on the specifics of emergency preparedness and on the mitigation of the risks of chemical and biological hazards.
Charles V. Shorten, Ph.D., P.E.
Professor and Director of Environmental Health
The 18-credit certificate consists of the following courses:
All courses are taught in convenient evening and/or condensed formats, ideally suited to the working professional.
All students must hold a valid 40-hr certification in Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (OSHA 29 CFR Part 1910.120) and a valid certificate in First Aid/CPR at the time of award of the Emergency Preparedness certificate from WCU. These certifications are available at WCU or may be obtained elsewhere.