Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management

Define your ability to confidently lead healthcare teams in times of crisis and public emergency.

Healthcare systems and their staff perform integral and necessary functions for critical aspects of emergency management from preparation through recovery. They are trained in skills needed to offer aid in all types of emergency situations, including natural disasters, pandemic outbreaks, acts of terrorism, or man-made tragedies. 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.

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. Hospital organizations are quickly adopting and continuing to enhance emergency management systems that assist healthcare staff with the planning and response during crisis to best meet the needs of their community.

Each course within the Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management has been designed to educate students on current practices, technologies, and reporting that are required for successful response to emergency situations.  

Students who successfully complete the graduate certificate have the opportunity to build on their Healthcare Administration education and stack earned credits towards coursework requirements to earn their Master of Healthcare Administration degree. Optional focus areas are available to diversify learning around specific career pathways including health data analytics, public health, or an individualized approach.


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.

The Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management requires you to complete 12 credit hours of required courses. All courses are graduate level and taught in eight-week terms, allowing you to take two courses each term. 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). To accelerate earning your certificate, you may complete the program in six months or less by taking more than one course each eight-week term.

Students who successfully earn the Emergency Management certificate 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 from each course into a Master of Healthcare Administration degree

Choose your own start time

Earning your graduate certificate emergency management can fit into your busy schedule with multiple start times throughout the year. UNE Online offers rolling admission with three separate start times—Spring, Summer, and Fall—so you can begin as soon as you’re ready to start.

Transfer credit policy

Upon acceptance, students may apply to transfer up to one 3-credit course (maximum three semester credits) into the Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management program.

In order to be considered for transfer into the Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management program, 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.
  • 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.



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.