Division of Health Systems & Policy

Public Health Emergency Preparedness Certificate Program

emergency-preparedness.pngThe Public Health Emergency Preparedness (EP) Certificate Program will provide students with an understanding of emergency management systems and teaches critical thinking skills applicable to public health, hospital, pre-hospital and emergency management systems.

Natural and man-made disasters impose sudden and catastrophic challenges to health care delivery and public health services. Local hospitals can suddenly become inundated with casualties, emergency medical resources could become overloaded and interruption or contamination of the water supply can turn a functioning community into a public health emergency. This certificate program will provide education in consequence and crisis management of disaster impacts, analyses of planning and coordination that support public health emergency/medical readiness systems and examination of policies that impact emergency preparedness. People who have responsibilities in planning and health systems will benefit from case studies and examples presented in this hands-on education experience.

The Public Health EP Certificate Program is designed for health care professionals, public health workforce members, community leaders and first responders.

Considering a Master’s Degree in Public Health?

Public Health EP Certificate Program graduates who wish to enhance their educational investment further are encouraged to apply to the CEPH-accredited Master of Public Health Program through the WSU Graduate School. Course credits from the Public Health EP Certificate Program are transferable to this master's degree program.


Program of Study

To achieve the Public Health EP Certificate, students must successfully complete three three-credit hour courses:

Note: CMH prefixes were changed to PPH starting Spring 2017 Semester


Application Process

To be admitted to the program, students must first be accepted into the WSU Graduate School. Minimum graduate school requirements include an earned bachelor’s and/or advanced graduate degree from an accredited college or university.

If you are not currently enrolled at WSU, you can apply as a non-degree student online through the WSU Graduate School. During the online application process, you will have an opportunity to select the Public Health EP Certificate Program and to submit required documents.

If you are a current graduate student enrolled at WSU, please complete the online Public Health EP Certificate Program application only (below).  You will not need to apply through the WSU Graduate School.

All applicants should submit the online Public Health EP Certificate application along with a one- to two-page personal statement describing your professional background and interest in the program.


Certificate Program Cost

The cost of the Public Health EP Certificate Program will be graduate tuition and program fee. As of 2016, the program fee is $447 per course for all PPH courses.


For More Information

Review Certificate Student Handbook 

For questions regarding admissions or administration, please contact Anne King, certificate program coordinator, by phone at (937) 258-5558 or by email at anne.king@wright.edu.

For additional programmatic questions, please contact Mark E. Gebhart, M.D., FAAEM, EMT-P, director of the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Certificate Program, by email at mark.gebhart@wright.edu.

Last edited on 07/20/2017.