Department of Population and Public Health Sciences

Emergency Public Health Certificate Program

emergency-preparedness.pngThe Emergency Public Health 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 educational experience.

The Emergency Public Health 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?

Emergency Public Health 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 Wright State Graduate School. Course credits from the Emergency Public Health Certificate Program are transferable to this master's degree program.

Program of Study

To achieve the Emergency Public Health Certificate, students must successfully complete three 3-credit hour courses in the following order:

  1. PPH 7640: Principles of Emergency Management 
  2. PPH 7660: Public Health Terrorism Preparedness
  3. PPH 7650: Public Health Crisis and Consequence Management

Application Process

To be admitted to the program, students must first be accepted into the Wright State 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 Wright State, you can apply as a non-degree student online through the Wright State Graduate School. During the online application process, you will have an opportunity to select the Emergency Public Health Certificate Program and to submit the required documents.

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

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

For More Information

Review Certificate Student Handbook

For questions regarding admissions or administration, please contact Jackie Pasquarella, Certificate Program Coordinator, by phone at (937) 775-1306 or by email at

For additional programmatic questions, please contact Sheri Gladish, M.D.,  director of the Emergency Public Health Certificate Program, by email at

Last edited on 01/12/2022.