Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management

Confidently lead healthcare teams in times of crisis and public emergency.

Adverse effects often experienced by communities and hospitals during times of emergency are best managed by health professionals who can reduce chaos with firm instruction, precise care coordination, and a focused order of procedure. As federal and state governments continue to develop and implement plans for emergency efforts, healthcare systems rely on qualified professionals to carry out each phase of the emergency management process: mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. Enter our 100% online Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management.

Each course within this graduate certificate has been designed to educate students on current practices, technologies, and reporting that are required for successful response to emergency situations.

Program Course Structure



Each course has been designed by public health experts & administrators with employer demand in mind.


Months to Complete

Gain advanced credentials in one semester, or less, with dedicated coaching & support.


Week Course Length

Concentrated learning with ready-to-use skills for modern emergency management.

Graduate Certificate Curriculum

The Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management requires you to complete 12 credit hours of required courses:

This course introduces public health professionals to mitigation and preparedness responsibilities while developing skills and awareness of the response and recovery phases of Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP). Hazard assessment, community outreach, and training development complement a review of the incident management system. Special attention will be given to research, policy, plan, and report development within PHEP.

The world about us provides for our life, but also can be dangerous to our health. This dichotomy is the essence of the study of environmental health. Students completing this course will be able to apply scientific knowledge to evaluate the risks that exist in the world about them. This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the field of environmental health in an ecosystem’s context. The course will emphasize the recognition, evaluation, and control of hazards including toxic chemicals, fibers and dust, ionizing radiation, and infectious agents. General principles and global processes will be linked to local issues and the regulatory environment through case studies and interviews with subject matter experts.

This course explores the range of legal and ethical issues facing healthcare administrators and providers. Students will gain expertise analyzing legal and ethical dimensions of healthcare from administrative, clinical, and organizational perspectives. Current issues, as well as perennial conflicts in healthcare law and ethics, will provide real-world case studies for students to research and debate. Throughout the course, students will gain practice integrating core healthcare law and ethics concepts and practices into their leadership approaches to ensuring excellent patient care.

Natural and man-made disasters present complex problems that require coordinated responses from multiple municipalities and emergency responders. In this course, students will gain expertise in developing, implementing, and evaluating comprehensive emergency prevention and response plans. The influence of legal, social, environmental, and medical requirements and limitations on emergency management policies will be explored with additional focus on post disaster recovery.


All courses are graduate level and taught in eight-week terms. The Emergency Management certificate is two semesters in length, which is the time equivalent of eight months (presuming you choose to take a regular course load consisting of one course each eight-week term, two courses per semester). However, to accelerate earning your certificate, you may complete the program in four to six months by taking more than one course each eight-week term.

Choose your own start time

The Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management can fit into your busy schedule with multiple start times throughout the year. UNE Online offers rolling admission with three start times—Spring, Summer, and Fall—so you can begin as soon as you’re ready to start.

Start with a Graduate Certificate, Transfer it to a Master’s Degree Later

Students who successfully complete the graduate certificate can “stack” earned credits into UNE’s 100% online Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) degree program. This can be done immediately or within several years after completion of the graduate certificate. Reach out to an enrollment counselor at or (866) 722-5096 for more details on this opportunity.

Transfer credit policy

Upon acceptance, students may apply to transfer one 3-credit course (maximum three semester credits) into the Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management program. In order to be considered for transfer, the course must be classified as graduate level, have been taken within five years of application, have been completed with a grade of “B” or better, and be equivalent to one of the required program courses or an elective course that meets the goals of the student’s education.

To request consideration for transfer credit, a student must provide an official transcript and a course syllabus for each course. Your enrollment counselor or student support specialist can assist you with this request.

Students who successfully earn the Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management are able to:

  • Recognize and apply best practices in responding to an emergency
  • Evaluate and apply the design, implementation, and evaluation tools used in developing emergency preparedness training exercises
  • Develop emergency planning skills by identifying and assessing the components of the Incident Action Plan (IAP) for all hazards and its use by the National Incident Management System (NIMS)
  • Stack earned credits into a Master of Healthcare Administration degree




If you have any questions about the coursework or the program requirements, please speak to one of our enrollment counselors at the email or phone number below.