|Person-in-Charge||Eugene J. Lengerich|
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
Effective Semester: Spring 2016
Expiration Semester: Fall 2020
Applicants apply for admission to the program via the Graduate School application for admission. Requirements listed here are in addition to Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-300 General Admissions Standards. International applicants may be required to satisfy an English proficiency requirement; see GCAC-305 Admission Requirements for International Students for more information.
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.
Requirements listed here are in addition to requirements listed in Graduate Council policy GCAC-212 Postbaccalaureate Credit Certificate Programs.
This 15-credit graduate certificate requires the following courses:
|PHP 410||Public Health Preparedness for Disaster and Terrorist Emergencies I||3|
|PHP 510||Public Health Preparedness for Disaster and Terrorist Emergencies II||3|
|PHP 530||Critical Infrastructure Protection of Health Care Delivery Systems||3|
|PHP 831||Public Health Preparedness and the Emergency Operations Plan||3|
|PHP 832||Fundamentals of Biorisk Management||3|
|or PHP 527||Public Health Evaluation of Disasters and Bioterrorism|
Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 699 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.
Certificate Program Head: Eugene Lengerich
Primary Program Contact: Rachel Reager
Mailing Address: 500 University Dr., MC H170; Room C1712, Hershey, PA 17033
Telephone: (717) 531-8892
Program Website: Hospital and Health System Preparedness at World Campus