Program Overview

The University of Tulane offers a Disaster Management Graduate Certificate distance learning program for professionals in the disaster preparedness or response fields.  The training involved combines course work, projects and labs to prepare students with the necessary skills to prepare for, evaluate and contain possible accidents.  Emphasis is also placed upon working closely within management structures so they will see the value in avoidance planning.

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college with over 20 semester hours devoted to math, science and engineering.  Preference is shown to those applicants who achieved a 3.0 or above GPA.  A resume or work history detailing three or more years experience in health and safety, occupational or environmental health and or disaster management or response must be given as well.  It is also strongly recommended that you possess more than adequate computer skills. 

The program is designed to produce students capable of applying their training to integrate environmental public health strategies to the core components of disaster management.  Using scientific principles the student will learn to evaluate the capacity of public health systems.  Ultimately, graduates will become paragons of environmental hazard prevention in their workplaces and communities.

Certificates are awarded to students who successfully complete 21 hours of academic credit.  Those courses in which the student received a B or higher may be applied to the Disaster Management MPH program if admissions accepts them.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


    Students must have:
    • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited university or college with 20 or more semester hours in science, math or engineering.
    • A preferred grade point average 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
    • Three or more years of experience in health and safety, occupational or environmental health and or disaster management or response documented by work history, resume.

    School Overview

    Tulane University is a private research institution of higher learning located in New Orleans, Louisiana. Founded in 1834 as the Medical College of Louisiana, it became the 15th medical school in the U.S. In 1847, thirteen years later, the state of Louisiana officially established the medical school as the University of Louisiana. The school began as a public institution, but due to hard times following the Civil War, the university received a large donation of real estate from Paul Tulane and subsequently became a private university. Tulane University is the only university in the United States to have gone from a state public university to a private institution.

    Tulane University offers a variety of degrees at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level in addition to certificate programs from the following schools:

    • Newcomb-Tulane College
    • School of Architecture
    • A.B. Freeman School of Business
    • School of Continuing Studies
    • School of Liberal Arts
    • School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine
    • School of Science & Engineering
    • School of Law
    • School of Medicine
    • School of Social Work

    Online programs awarding degrees at all levels are offered through the School of Continuing Studies, which focuses its programs on courses and degrees that are directly relevant to students' career aspirations.


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