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Disaster Public Health Prep & Emergency Certificate (CUGS)

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Program Information

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Public health professionals in emergency management respond to major disasters as to protect residents from disease outbreaks and other hazards that result from contaminated food and water, chemical releases, insect-borne diseases, and unmet medical needs. The Certificate of Undergraduate Study (CUGS) in Disaster Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Response Operations provides a sequence of courses that combines health, public health control systems, humanitarian intervention, human rights, and social justice perspectives. These experts and specialists often collaborate with partner organizations at the municipal, state and federal level to ensure that emergency plans are current, in force, and properly implemented. This certificate offers a series of courses that enhance the student’s skills to be proficient in understanding and management of local, regional, or national health crisis within an emergency management/disaster contexts.

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The Certificate of Undergraduate Study (CUGS) in Disaster Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Response Operations is a full-time or part-time program offered in a face-to-face format on our Camden campus. The CUGS in Disaster Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Response Operations will consist of 15 credits; the requirements include 5, 3-credit courses. (Please note that the prerequisites for this program are the first two program courses. In this case, the prerequisites will have no impact on increasing the total number of credit hours needed to earn the certificate.) It is recommended that the students take the first two courses (Introduction to Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management and Community and Public Health) prior to other courses in the certificate.

  • 5 Courses / 15 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: No
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements: No
Course Number Title S.H. (Credits)
Required Courses: 12 S.H.
DPEM 00101 Introduction to Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management 3
HLT 00200 Community and Public Health 3
DPEM 00321 Humanitarian Response to Disasters and Crisis 3
DPEM 00442 Preparedness and Public Health Response 3
DPEM 00444 Emerging Health Threats: Risks and Surveillance 3

Note: The courses listed above are not official and are subject to change. For an official list of available courses please visit the Rowan Global section tally.

Admission Requirements
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The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional actions or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below, a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or will indicate any missing items.

  • Completed Application Form
  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)
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