This 15-credit certificate program consists of four required courses and one elective.

After completing this certificate, you may only need to take an additional six courses to obtain Penn State's 33-credit online Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security — Public Health Preparedness option, if you apply and are granted admission into the master's program.

Course List - Graduate Certificate in Hospital and Health System Preparedness 

Required Courses (12 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Public Health Preparedness for Disaster and Terrorist Emergencies I PHP 410 Analyzes the history of terrorism and explores the preparation and response to specific terrorist threats, natural disasters, and conventional catastrophes.  3 credits
Public Health Preparedness for Disaster and Terrorist Emergencies II PHP 510 A public health perspective on the preparation necessary to develop a coordinated response to a disaster or terrorist emergency.  3 credits
Critical Infrastructure Protection of Health Care Delivery Systems PHP 530 Investigates the impact that terrorist incidents may have on health care facilities or their ability to deliver health care services.  3 credits
Public Health Preparedness and the Emergency Operations Plan PHP 831 Teaches fundamentals of emergency preparedness exercises (i.e. orientation, tabletop, drill, functional, and full-scale exercises).  3 credits
Elective Courses (Choose 3 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Public Health Evaluation of Disasters and Bioterrorism PHP 527 Introduces students to the design of exposure assessment and health effect studies applicable to disasters and terrorism. 3 credits
Fundamentals of Biorisk Management PHP 832 This course covers the principles, methods, and competencies for developing, improving, and evaluating a biorisk management system.  3 credits

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