Graduate Certificate in Disasters, Hazards and Emergency Management

Graduate Certificate

This certificate provides advanced education in the management of emergencies, hazards, disasters and community resilience. It is designed for students who work or will work in the field of natural and man-made hazards, community resilience and emergency management.

The Program at a Glance

School: School of Public Affairs Campus: CU Denver Classroom: Online and on campus classes Recommended completion time: 1 Year Credits required for completion: 12 Maximum transfer credits: 0 Maximum credits per year: In most cases, students wishing to take more than 18 credit hours per semester (12 in the summer session) must have the overload approved by the dean. Application deadline: Fall: August 1; Spring: December 1; Summer: May 1

The Details

Students completing the DHEM concentration program will have the knowledge and skills necessary to assess and manage a broad range of hazards and disasters and to understand the policy and managerial environment in which emergency management occurs.

The program applies an interdisciplinary approach to education that:

  • Emphasizes high-level skills of critical thinking, learning, adaptation and policy analysis
  • Focuses on the all-hazards emergency management model (encompassing natural and man-made hazards, such as wildfires, hurricanes, technological or industrial risks), and community resilience.

Students interested in obtaining a concentration in Disasters, Hazards and Emergency Management within a Master of Public Administration or Master of Criminal Justice program must apply and enroll in one of these programs within the School of Public Affairs and must adhere to all master degree program requirements.

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Program requirements

  • The Graduate Disasters, Hazards and Emergency Management Certificate requires 12 credit hours of coursework.
  • Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0, with a minimum grade of B- in each course.

Required courses

Students must complete two of the following courses (all four recommended) for a total of 6 credit hours:

  • PUAD 5720/CRJU 5720 - Public Policies for Hazards and Disasters (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5650/CRJU 5650 - Public Service in Emergency Management and Homeland Security (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5655/CRJU 5655 - Principles of Emergency Management (3 credit hours)
  • URPL 6645 - Disasters and Climate Change Planning (3 credit hours)

All course descriptions can be found in the Graduate Academic Catalog.

Elective courses

In addition to the required courses, students must complete two elective courses, which have been approved by their advisor, for a total of 6 credit hours. All course descriptions can be found in the Graduate Academic Catalog.

Suggested electives by area of interest

Additional courses may qualify subject to advance approval from program director.

Natural Hazards and Resilience:

  • PUAD 5644/CRJU 5644 - Environmental and Hazards Law (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5631 - Environmental Politics and Policy (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5632 - Environmental Management (3 credit hours)

All-Hazards Management:

  • PUAD 5130 - Collaboration Across Sectors (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5271 - Managing Conflict and Change (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5350 - Program Evaluation (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5320 - Public Policy Analysis (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5440 - Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (3 credit hours)

Homeland Security:

  • CRJU 5510 - Contemporary Issues in Law Enforcement (3 credit hours)
  • RISK 6800 - Special Topics: Cyber Risk Management and Cyber Warfare (3 credit hours)

Admissions Requirements

View the admissions requirements for the School of Public Affairs.

Events for prospective students

Which MPA is Right for Me? (Webinar)

| 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Cost/fee: Free
During this one-hour webinar, you will learn about the School of Public Affairs' three different versions of the Master of Public Administration program (i.e. traditional, executive, accelerated). Specifically, we will discuss structural, curricular, and cost similarities and differences. You will have the opportunity to submit questions throughout the presentation.
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