If you’ve been thinking about expanding your individual knowledge or you want to advance your career in disaster management, this program is a perfect fit. We run one cohort of students each year — beginning every January. Our application deadline is December 4 for January classes. The certificate is taught entirely online with an optional graduation attendance. There is no on campus time required. You will learn an “all hazards” approach to disaster management with an emphasis on building an emergency management system through partnering and networking.

Our cohorts recruit professionals from a variety of backgrounds, thus providing a rich environment of peer networking and learning. For example, it’s not unusual for us to have a class that includes veterinarians, fire and medical responders, public health officials, military personnel and community leaders.

Full-time undergraduate and graduate students are welcome as well. Full-time students need only to register for each class in CONNECT in the semester it is taught.

We not only encourage discussion among classmates, we also have you work together on 16-week projects. By project’s end, you understand why and how the agencies around you plan and respond the way they do. In fact, some of the most important information sharing comes out of these projects.

If you still want to learn more about the program, please feel free to use the navigation links below or send us an email at cpdm@unc.edu. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Kim Sieler at krsieler@email.unc.edu.

If you would like to personally speak with our Program Director (Bill Gentry), email him at wgentry@email.unc.edu to schedule a call or meeting.

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BSPH, MSPH and Resident MHA:
Academic Coordinator: Yolonda N. Childs

Doctoral and Executive MHA:
Academic Coordinator: Kim Sieler

Assistant to Chair: Stephanie Forman
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MPH@UNC (MPH Online) Only:
Program Coordinator, John Sugg

Mailing Address
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1101 McGavran-Greenberg Hall, CB #7411
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7411