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Volume 64, Issue 1

January 22, 2010

Homeland Security Certificates at UCCS

The Center for Homeland Security, part of the National Institute of Science, Space and Security Centers at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, will offer two new certificates in security intelligence and disaster public health this month.

The School of Public Affairs offers a graduate certificate in Security Intelligence in conjunction with CHS. Beth-El College of Nursing & Health Sciences offers the undergraduate and graduate certificate in Disaster Public Health also in conjunction with CHS.

“An academic certificate from UCCS can be a powerful discriminator setting you above the competition when it comes time to land that next job or promotion,” said Mike Perini, executive director, NISSSC.

The certificate programs are taught online and in-residence by experienced and leading professionals.

“For example, UCCS employs subject matter experts from NORTHCOM’s Surgeon General’s office and Intelligence Directorate as instructors,” said Tina Markowski, CHS Operations and Academic Programs Manager.

“These experts offer insight into and study of the intricacies of disaster health management for first responders, military personnel, community volunteers or anyone interested in the roles associated with managing public health issues during a disaster,” she said.

The new certificate in Security Intelligence helps people prepare for a career. “This is a unique opportunity to acquire the education for a specific path toward a professional career in the field of intelligence and homeland security,” said Markowski.

“These certificates build on the momentum of the exciting new efforts happening within NISSSC to provide educational services in partnership with academic units,” said Perini. “This new educational service will position NISSSC for future growth and demonstrate our commitment to meet the needs of our military and private sector partners,” he said.

NISSSC has four Centers. The Center for Homeland Security, the Center for Space Studies, the Trauma, Health and Hazards Center and the Center for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education. Learn more at

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