Certificate in Community Preparedness and Disaster Management (PHDM)
Provides community leaders in public health, health services, emergency management, local and state government, the military and volunteers with the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of management systems used to mitigate and prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural and man-made disasters, including terrorism. Three courses are offered to each cohort, covering the administrative structures of disaster management at the local, state and federal levels; the science of disasters; methods to plan for and to analyze disasters; and planning and implementation of disaster management programs. This online certificate is available to anyone. Students must come to campus twice (for 2 days each visit) during the program.
9 9 credit hours that may be utilized as approved electives for undergraduate or graduate degrees.
Online + campus visit(s)
Spring See application details page for more info.
December 5, 2017 See application details page for more info.
Disaster management professionals, contractors, military, volunteers or students.
- Total Enrollment 1620
- Female 72%, Male 28%
- Underrepresented Minority Students 16.3%
- International 11%
Program Costs & Funding
- Tuition and fee information can be found on the University Cashier website. Gillings School of Global Public Health tuition and fees for the 2018-2019 academic year can be found on pages 7, 8 and 9.
- Compare the cost of living at UNC and surrounding areas with other comparison schools.
- Learn about the funding opportunities from the UNC Graduate School, the UNC Gillings Financial Aid page, and the UNC Office of Scholarship & Student Aid.
Undergraduate degree preferred, but, not required.
Preferred Disaster experience is preferred, but, not required.
Learn about opportunities to come to UNC Gillings to meet faculty, staff, and current students. If you are unable to come to campus – don’t worry – our representatives attend a variety of recruitment events around the United States as well as host virtual fairs and webinars.
During the Program
For a detailed description of all the requirements for this degree program please click here for the Student Handbook.
Assignments per course modules
The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health strives to integrate global content and approaches across the School’s courses, programs and degrees. We believe that every student should emerge from our School with an understanding of global health issues. Some courses are focused largely on global issues, others are designed so that global and local issues are intertwined and some still are evolving. Learn more about these options.
NOTE: Certificate students don’t have opportunity for global study outside courses comprising program.
After the Program
Directors of local, state and federal disaster programs. Public health preparedness positions. Contractor, volunteer and non-profit disaster related positions.
Response management; plans development and review; operations management; program evaluation
Complete online applicationMoreLess
- Application Deadline: December 5, 2017
- Fee: 0
- Step Link
(The Graduate School Application is a common application system for UNC-Chapel Hill programs.)
See program details in GPS for requirements such as prequisites, prior degree, work experience, any test score waivers, as well as a tuition estimate and program overview.
- We do not require that you list faculty who support your application. Such information is not considered in the admissions process. You are also not required to list faculty with whom you'd like to work, but this information can be helpful to the admissions committee.
Applicant information, including North Carolina residency information.
Area(s) of interest
- Select one area of interest from the dropdown.
- Please upload a copy of your most recent transcript(s), including your current term grades, if applicable. (If grades are not yet available, send them to the UNC Gillings program contact as soon as they become available.) Be sure the transcript reflects the name of the institution and any degrees you received.
- We advise that you order two copies of your transcript(s) to be sent to you.
- Open the first copy to help you complete the SOPHAS application (and later to upload via the ApplyYourself system).
- If you are admitted and choose to enroll, UNC will require official transcript(s) showing degree(s) awarded.
You will be asked about honor code, crime, academic sanction, military discharge, etc.
Upload your personal statement.
- Why are you applying to this degree?
- How will this program at UNC-Chapel Hill contribute to your projected career?
- What is your experience working in teams and what can you contribute to a team?
- Please provide any additional information that you think will help us to evaluate your application.
Upload your resume or CV.
Upload Letters of Recommendation.
Enter names of recommenders. UNC will then send them an email with instructions for submitting a letter on your behalf. We encourage references from professors or teachers (or teaching assistants) or work/research supervisors who have worked directly and closely with you and who can speak about you with specificity.
- Not required
Report test scores to UNC via the Graduate School Application
- GRE code 5816. TOEFL/IELTS information above. GRE test scores must be official, no more than 5 years old and reported directly by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). See our program details page for information regarding test scores.
Document submission (check legibility of uploads)
Pay the Graduate School application fee.
FYI: application review processMoreLess
SPH application review:
- No interview required.
- You will be notified via email regarding program decision.