These online-only courses are cross-listed for undergraduate and graduate study. Students successfully completing the four courses at the 4000-level will receive an Undergraduate Certificate and students successfully completing the four 6000-level courses will receive a Graduate Certificate from UCCS. This Certificate series is an academic collaboration between the Center for Homeland Security, Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences – UCCS, and the Colorado School of Public Health (CSPH) in Denver/Aurora. Each course must be taken in sequential order, and courses may be applied to a variety of degrees at Beth-El and UCCS.
The final course in the four-part certificate series, this course emphasizes the understanding of special public health issues that apply to disasters, topics that are critically important, but do not fit in the context of the first three courses in the series. This course includes segments on terrorism and insurgency; medico-legal disaster response issues; interagency cooperation and dynamics; threat assessment and risk analysis; health risk communication, planning, and exercising for disasters; informatics; and economic disasters and their effects on public health. Four sessions will include special case study segments on 9/11, the anthrax attacks of 2001, SARS, and the 2009 Swine H1N1 Influenza pandemic.