Preparedness, Response & Recovery Certificate

Part of the Public Health Practice major, this certificate program helps to prepare public health workers and others to respond to incidents of bioterrorism, infectious disease outbreaks, and other emerging public health issues.

The certificate is awarded upon successful completion of a 12-credit  minimum. Most students complete the curriculum by attending at least two Public Health Institute sessions, held in May and June of each year. The curriculum also includes elective courses in health informatics for interested students.

The courses below are offered during the May session of the Public Health Institute. The certificate requires a minimum of 12 credits.

See Detailed Curriculum Sheet (PDF)

Required Courses

  • PubH 7223, Concepts of Disaster Behavioral Health (1 cr)
  • PubH 7200, Incident Management System: The Public Health Role (1 cr)
  • PubH 7221, Planning for Urgent Threats (1 cr)
  • PubH 7214, Principles of Risk Communication (1 cr)
  • PubH 7225, Communication and Information Technology Tools for Public Health Preparedness (1 cr)
  • PubH 7226, Media Relations Practicum: Mass Media Coverage of Risk (1 cr)
  • PubH 5230, Emergency Preparedness (2 cr, offered online)
  • PubH 7200, Disaster 101: A Preparedness Exercise (1 cr)

Electives

Students must take at least one course from each of the following groups:

Group 1:

  • PubH 7231, Surveillance of Foodborne Pathogens in Humans (1 cr) OR
  • PubH 7230, Any topic in Infectious Disease OR
  • PubH 7217 Advances in Molecular Epidemiological Analysis (1 cr)

Group 2:

  • PubH 7200, Legal Considerations for Public Health Emergencies (1 cr) OR
  • PubH 6711 Public Health Law (2 cr)

Students select from the courses above and the following list (not all inclusive) of electives to complete the required number of credits. This list of electives may change from year to year:

  • PubH 7233, Food System Defense: Vulnerabilities in the Food System and How to Close Them (1.5 cr)
  • PubH 7200, Best Practices in Emergency Response (1 cr)
  • PubH 7200, Designing for Disaster (1 cr)
  • PubH 7200, Global Food Safety System Leadership (1 cr)
  • PubH 7200, Fundamentals in Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (1 cr)
  • PubH 7200, Introduction to GIS (1 cr)
  • PubH 7230, Any topic in Infectious Disease
  • PubH 7210, Any topic in Global Food Systems

Sample Schedule

Year one, May session – Public Health Institute
PubH 7214, Principles of Risk Communication (1 cr)
PubH 7225, Communication & Information Tech Tools for Public Health (1 cr)
PubH 7226, Media Relations Practicum: Mass Media Coverage of Risk (1 cr)
PubH 7223, Concepts of Disaster Behavioral Health (1 cr)
PubH 7221, Planning for Urgent Threats (1 cr)

Year one, fall
HINF 5510, Applied Health care Databases (3 cr, offered online)

Year two, spring
HINF 5520, Clinical Informatics (2 cr, offered online)

Year two, May session – Public Health Institute
PubH 7200, Incident Management System: The Public Health Role (1 cr)
PubH 7200, Pandemic Influenza Planning (1 cr)

Students may start the certificate any term. Credits completed in the certificate program can become part of an MPH degree. Current MPH students may augment their degree with this certificate with approval from their advisors.

Applications for the PubH Cert-PRR are accepted Oct. 15 to start spring term; March 15 to start summer term; and July 15 to start fall term.

Students must hold a bachelor’s degree or higher, have strong writing skills, and relevant work and/or educational experience. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 is preferred. All applications are reviewed holistically.

Submit to the School of Public Health:

  • Completed application and application fee
  • Statement of purpose and objectives describing your reason for applying, career goals and how the certificate will help you achieve them.
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official transcripts of record from each college/university attended
  • Resume or CV
  • TOEFL or IELTS test scores (international applicants only)

Why should I get a Public Health Certificate in Preparedness, Response and Recovery (PHCert-PRR)?

The PHCert-PRR program helps prepare public health workers and others to respond to incidents of bioterrorism, infectious disease outbreaks, and other emerging public health issues. Many students use their public health knowledge and skills to enhance opportunities in their current work or career path.

Who is eligible for the program?

The certificate is designed for working professionals in health or human services who have at least a baccalaureate degree.

How long does the program take?

The certificate must be completed within four years of matriculation. The courses are completed by attending the Public Health Institute, which is held annually for three weeks during the end of May and beginning of June. The minimum amount of time to complete the PHCert-PRR is 13 months. This requires full-time attendance of at least two PHIs.

Can I transfer credits from the certificate to a degree program at the School of Public Health?

Credits acquired while taking the required curriculum in the PHCert-PRR may be credited to an MPH within the School of Public Health under certain circumstances.

Is financial aid available?

No, students accepted to this certificate program are not eligible to apply for federal financial aid.

Are scholarships available?

Limited scholarship may be available for PHC-PRR students, but the availability of funds varies from year to year.

Application Deadline

Summer Term: April 1

Contact Info

Major Coordinators
Kate Hanson and Katy Korchik, php@umn.edu