Disaster Public Health - Certificate

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This Certificate series is an academic collaboration between the Center for Homeland Security and Beth-El College of Nursing and Health SciencesThe courses have been developed to provide learners the instruction to proficiently perform in the event of a disaster public health emergency.  Topics include roles and responsibilities in prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery.

What is the Center for Homeland Security at UCCS?

The Center has a rich history of collaboration with public and private sector partners to address issues in homeland defense and homeland security. In particular, the Center has extensive association with United States Northern Command and has built a strong foundation of applied research and graduate education programs specific to current and future needs in the emerging defense support to civil authorities (DSCA) field. UCCS and CHS worked closely with Northern Command to help develop the Homeland Security/Defense Education Consortium (HSDEC). Through the HSDEC, the Center has woven an impressive web of interconnected capability with an international group of academic institutions, all with the objective to rapidly expand global capacity in the most critical areas of security and defense.

The mission of the Center for Homeland Security is to provide advanced education, conduct leading-edge basic and applied research, and develop process innovation environments that nourish homeland security and defense discoveries.

How does this partnership impact the quality of my certificate education?

CHS and Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences have established a national reputation as a service provider in the areas of education, research, and innovation. As public and private sector requirements at the local, state, national and international levels evolve, Center and College operations in each of these three broad areas of activity will adjust and transform to meet the challenge. This collaborative certificate offering reflects the unique nature of UCCS and the transforming role of Colorado Springs as the nation’s Homeland Security and Defense Center of Excellence.

Additionally, CHS and the Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences are fortunate to have an extremely talented and experienced group of researchers, faculty and staff. You are encouraged to explore the website to become acquainted with the diverse backgrounds and capabilities that comprise the Center and the College.

What does a certificate in disaster public health mean to you?

It means that with a certificate in disaster public health, you’ll be in high demand and on a career path filled with advancement opportunities.

What can I do with a certificate in disaster public health?

Those who earn a certificate in disaster public health may find employment opportunities in a wide variety of settings, including:

  • In-country field consultants
  • Disaster relief organizations
  • Immigrant/refugee health organizations
  • Research and academic institutions
  • International agencies and other non-governmental agencies (NGOs)
  • Multi-lateral agencies (such as WHO)
  • Governmental agencies (USAID; in-country Ministry of Health, etc.)

Are You Ready? Be prepared before the next crisis hits…

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