Disaster Management and Relief Certificate

Certificate - BA Level

This certificate prepares individuals to serve all stages of human suffering from immediate relief through community rebuilding and redevelopment.

Certificate Objective

Upon completion of the Disaster Management and Relief Certificate, students should be able to apply key elements of disaster management strategies, theories, and concepts to simulated and practical situations.


A Disaster Management & Relief Certificate will be printed on the transcript of those students who have successfully completed these 12 credits of Disaster Management & Relief courses with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 in the designated courses.

Required Courses

DM3001 Introduction to Disaster Response and Recovery(Online Only) 3 hours 5 weeks

This course introduces and explores the field of emergency/disaster management.  It provides background for dealing with disasters, victimization, and economic losses from disasters in organized ways.  It examines how organizations serve communities and individuals from a service prospective.

DM4001 Natural and Man-made Disasters (Online Only) 3 hours 5 weeks

This course is designed to learn more about the causes and consequences of naturally occurring and man-made disasters. Time will be spent on a wide range of issues including man’s impact on the earth, post-war issues, etc.

(Prerequisite:  DM3001)

DM4101 Trauma: Understanding and Intervention (Online Only) 3 hours 5 weeks

The issue of trauma is something that any good disaster worker needs to understand and know how to identify.  This class will focus on the trauma that is experienced by those directly affected by the traumatic experience as well as those there to deliver aid.

(Prerequisite: DM3001)

PS4200 Conflict 3 hours 5 weeks

This course is designed as an exploration on the emergence and management of human conflict, at different levels of analysis, and on the alternative methods of dispute resolution available. The course will focus on all stages of conflict resolution and transformation, interpersonal to international.