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Graduate Certificate in
Hospital and Health System Preparedness

Courses

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.

Required Courses (12 credits)

  • 3
    credits

    Analyzes the history of terrorism and explores the preparation and response to specific terrorist threats, natural disasters, and conventional catastrophes.

  • 3
    credits

    A public health perspective on the preparation necessary to develop a coordinated response to a disaster or terrorist emergency.

  • 3
    credits

    Investigates the impact that terrorist incidents may have on health care facilities or their ability to deliver health care services.

  • 3
    credits

    Teaches fundamentals of emergency preparedness exercises (i.e., orientation, tabletop, drill, functional, and full-scale exercises).

Elective Courses (choose 3 credits)

  • 3
    credits

    Introduces students to the design of exposure assessment and health effect studies applicable to disasters and terrorism.

  • 3
    credits

    This course covers the principles, methods, and competencies for developing, improving, and evaluating a biorisk management system.

Course Availability

If you're ready to see when your courses will be offered, visit our public LionPATH course search (opens in new window) to start planning ahead.

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