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Healthcare Emergency Management

Graduate Certificate



The graduate certificate in healthcare emergency management is an interdisciplinary program that prepares professionals to effectively meet the demands of disaster preparedness, mitigation, planning, response and recovery.

The program requires 18 hours of graduate-level courses related to disaster health. Hours completed in fulfillment of a prior degree cannot be counted toward certificate requirements. Hours completed in the certificate program, however, can be applied toward the M.S. degree in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management.

Students may transition from the certificate program to the M.S. program with permission of the graduate faculty.

  • Prerequisites


    To be considered for admission into the graduate certificate program in disaster preparedness and emergency management, a candidate must meet the following criteria:

    • Bachelor’s degree in any discipline
    • ICS –100 (comparable to associated country)
    • ICS – 200 (comparable to associated country)
    • ICS – 700 (comparable to associated country)
    • ICS – 800 (comparable to associated country)
    • CDLS (Core Disaster Life Support)
    • BDLS (Basic Disaster Life Support)
    • TB Skin Test
    • TB Mask Fit Test
    • Health Care Provider CPR Card
  • Admission Information

    Before You Apply

    Class size is limited and all applicants may not be accepted into the program. Interested individuals are encouraged to seek an advisor early in their college career to ensure that all prerequisite courses are completed in a timely manner.

    Applying to the Graduate School

    Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School. To apply, complete the online Graduate School application. Be sure to submit the required application fee, and official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work to the Graduate School.  If you have questions about the application process for online programs, please call (870) 972-2920.

    Students wishing to complete the certificate must meet all of the needed prerequisites for the M.S. degree in DPEM. Students who are interested in pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Emergency Management must schedule a personal interview with a M.S. adviser.

    Staying in the Program

    Continued admission to the certificate program is based upon completion of prerequisite course(s), and acceptance by the disaster preparedness and emergency management agencies. Some of these agencies will require a background check.

    Equal Opportunity Policy

    Arkansas State University is an equal opportunity institution and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, impediment/disability, or unlawful factors in the admission and treatment of students.
  • Tuition
    Please visit Tuition and Fees found in the A-Z listing in the upper right corner of this webpage or call Student Accounts at (870) 972-2285.
  • How to Apply

    Applying to the Program

    Students wishing to pursue the graduate certificate in HEM must apply to A-State Online and meet all of the admission requirements established by the Graduate School. 

    Once your applicant file is complete, your information will be forwarded to the HEM program director.

  • Certificate Curriculum


    Each of the courses in the Healthcare Emergency Management Graduate Certificate are offered over 7 weeks within the regularly scheduled modules of the Master of Science in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management. Students can enter the certificate program in any module.

    Typically, one course for the certificate requirements is offered in each module. Each module will be 7 weeks duration.

    The 6 Courses for the Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management Curriculum:
    • DPEM 5613, Radiological Emergencies
    • DPEM 6223, Epidemiology of Disasters
    • DPEM 6253, Multi-Agency Response in DPEM
    • DPEM 6273, Vulnerable Populations in Disasters
    • DPEM 6543, Pandemic Planning
    • DPEM 6553, Leading Hospital Response to Mass Casualties