Graduate Certificate in Emergency Preparedness in Public Health

College of Health Sciences

(*Note: As of Fall 2018, this program is no longer accepting new students.)

This certificate 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. HEA 520 provides a solid preparation in fundamental skills such as epidemiology and public health practice, while ENV 530 allows the student to learn how to identify, measure, and control environmental hazards. ENV 545 and ENV 551 expand the student's knowledge about risks and how they are measured, modeled, and communicated. ENV 570 and ENV 575 focus on the specifics of emergency preparedness and on the mitigation of the risks of chemical and biological hazards. For more information, contact Dr. Charles V. Shorten, 610-436-2360; fax, 610-436-2860; or e-mail,

Curriculum (18 semester hours)

Required Courses
ENV 530General Environmental Health3
ENV 545Risk Assessment3
ENV 551Environmental Toxicology3
ENV 570Emergency Preparedness3
ENV 575Bioterrorism Bio-Crises & Public Health3
HEA 520Public Health Epidemiology3
Total Credits Required18

To track their individual degree progress, students are advised to access their Degree Progress Report (DPR) via my WCU and consult their Graduate Coordinator.  For more information, visit

The following is a suggested course sequence for this program; course offerings and availability are not guaranteed. Students should consult their academic advisor with any questions.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
Semester OneCredits
ENV 530 General Environmental Health 3
ENV 575 Bioterrorism Bio-Crises & Public Health 3
HEA 520 Public Health Epidemiology 3
Semester Two
ENV 545 Risk Assessment 3
ENV 551 Environmental Toxicology 3
ENV 570 Emergency Preparedness 3
 Total Credits18