University of Nebraska Medical Center

Certificate in Emergency Preparedness

Support your community's preparedness for public health emergencies including natural disasters, infectious disease threats and more.

The need for emergency preparedness professionals cannot be overstated amid events such as natural disasters, emerging infectious disease threats, and more.

Why study Emergency Preparedness?

As demonstrated during the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for health professionals trained in emergency preparedness and response can’t be overstated. The unpredictability of natural disasters, intentional acts of terrorism, and new emerging infectious disease threats highlight the ongoing need for emergency preparedness professionals.

Why study Emergency Preparedness at UNMC?

At UNMC, you will receive a personable and flexible education from experts in the field of emergency preparedness. Our competitive tuition rates and asynchronous modules are a great fit for graduate students, first responders, public health professionals, and health care providers seeking advanced-level training in emergency preparedness and response.

Program Snapshot

Course Load
Part or full time
18 credit hours
Online or on-campus
Start Date
Spring or Fall

Program Highlights

What makes this program perfect for you:

  • Flexible online courses
  • Competitive tuition rates
  • 4:1 ratio of students to faculty
  • Training from experts in the field of Emergency Preparedness
  • Introduction to the National Response Framework and the Incident Command System

Careers & Outcomes

The specialized training you will receive while obtaining a Certificate in Emergency Preparedness will provide you with emergency preparedness and response skills that are essential to the public health infrastructure.

Job Opportunities:

  • First responder
  • Policy Advisor
  • Special Agent
  • Security Analyst
  • Education
  • Emergency Management Specialist (FEMA)
  • Health Care
  • Biosecurity
  • Local Health Department
  • Research
  • Program Analyst

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