Graduate Certificate in Hospital & Health System Preparedness

Graduate Certificate in Hospital & Health System Preparedness

The 15-credit Graduate Certificate in Hospital & Health System Preparedness provides students with knowledge and skills to protect the critical infrastructure of hospitals, medical facilities and emergency management systems in the midst of natural disasters and intentional and unintentional incidents.

The certificate is intended for students who seek to further their career in facility management and services, healthcare administration and management, emergency management and services, Infection and quality control.

All students must submit an application through The Graduate School.

Curriculum

The certificate is made up of five core public health preparedness courses, for a total of 15 credits. Students must complete each course with a grade of B or better in order to receive the certificate.

Courses are:

  • PHP 410: Public Health Preparedness for Disaster & Terrorist Emergencies I (3 credits)
  • PHP 510: Public Health Preparedness for Disaster & Terrorist Emergencies II (3 credits)
  • PHP 530: Critical Infrastructure Protection of Health Care Delivery Systems (3 credits)
  • PHP 831: Public Health Preparedness & the Emergency Operations Plan (3 credits)
  • PHP 832: Fundamentals of Biorisk Management (3 credits) or PHP 527: Public Health Evaluation of Disasters & Bioterrorism (3 credits)

See full course descriptions in the Penn State University Bulletin.

Certificate coursework may be transferable to the Penn State Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security - Public Health Preparedness Concentration degree program. Certificate program students who wish to have their certificate courses transferred toward the Penn State MPS degree must formally apply and be admitted to the Penn State MPS degree program. Admissions as a certificate student neither guarantees nor implies subsequent admission to a degree program.

Non-Degree Student Status

All certificate candidates are considered non-degree students. Up to 15 Penn State course credits acquired as a non-degree certificate candidate may be applied toward fulfillment of graduate degree requirements.

Please see details about requirements and access for non-degree students.

Admission Requirements

For admission to the certificate program, an applicant must hold either:

  • a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. regionally accredited institution; or
  • a postsecondary degree that is equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree earned from an officially recognized degree-granting international institution.

International Applicants

International applicants must have a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree.

This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates.

Additionally, all international applicants must meet the Graduate School’s English proficiency requirements.

How to Apply

Complete the application and submit materials online to the Graduate Certificate in Hospital & Health System Preparedness at the Hershey campus via the The Graduate School at Penn State.

In addition to the application, you must submit:

  • One official transcript from all colleges/universities who granted a degree
  • One letter of recommendation

Do not send transcripts directly to the program.

Key Dates

Applications will be accepted until March 1 of each year for entry that fall.

Contact Us

The Graduate Certificate in Hospital & Health System Preparedness is a program of the Penn State College of Medicine Department of Public Health Sciences.

If you have questions about this program, please email pennstatepublichealth@phs.psu.edu or call 717-531-1502.

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