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Graduate Degree Programs

Hospital and Health System Preparedness

Graduate Credit Certificate Program

Eugene J. Lengerich, VMD, MS
Penn State College of Medicine
500 University Dr.
Hershey, PA 17033
Phone: 717-531-0003, ext. 285655
Fax: 717-531-0786

The Graduate Certificate in Hospital and Health System Preparedness provides students with knowledge and skills to protect the critical infrastructure of hospitals, medical facilities, and emergency management systems. The effective protection of critical infrastructure will allow medical facilities and emergency management systems to remain functional in the midst of natural disasters and intentional and unintentional incidents. The curriculum will emphasize a systems-based and an all-hazards approach to preparedness. Graduates will be experienced in development and revision of an emergency operations plan, both at facility- and community-level, and exercises to test and evaluate the plan. Graduates will be expected to understand and use an evidence-based approach in designing emergency operations plans and procedures. Graduates are employed by public health, hospitals and healthcare facilities, military and law enforcement, and emergency management services. 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. This 15-credit graduate certificate requires the following courses: PHP 410 (3), PHP 510 (3), PHP 530 (3), PHP 831 (3), and either PHP 832 (3) or PHP 527 (3).

Admission Requirements:

Applicants must apply for admission to the certificate program via the Graduate School application for admission. Admission requirements are stated in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin. International applicants must satisfy the English proficiency requirement. Applicants are required to submit a resume, statement of purpose, 3 names of recommenders, and GRE scores. Applicants may request a waiver from the GRE requirement if they meet one of the following criteria: 3.00 undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) either overall or in the last 60 credits; 5+ years of professional work experience; 3.00 GPA upon completion of a graduate certificate; or successful completion of a graduate or professional degree.


List of Courses* Included in the Certificate:

PHP 410 (3)
PHP 510 (3)
PHP 530 (3)
PHP 831 (3)
PHP 832 (3) or PHP 527 (3)


Effective Semester:  Spring 2016

 Expiration Semester: Fall 2020


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