Public Health and Emergency Management

Milken Institute School of Public Health

Graduate Certificate
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus

Program Overview

Acquire the skills required to manage basic functions in the coordinated health response to disasters, crises and humanitarian emergencies, whether at home or abroad. Prepare for your role as a public health professional in mitigation, preparedness, response, recovery and documentation of an evolving emergency.

Graduate Certificate

The graduate certificate in public health and emergency management is designed for students seeking careers with civilian organizations, such as designated nongovernmental organizations, public crisis and emergency management agencies, corporations facing security issues, voluntary organizations focused on crisis response and health care institutions. Students also will be prepared to work in military agencies’ operational, peacemaking and peacekeeping efforts.

Students with particular interests, professional responsibilities or career commitments may wish to select elective courses that build expertise in a focused area, such as in emergency management services within a local or state department of health, in global health, in disaster response management or in homeland security and public safety.

The 18-credit graduate certificate can be taken as a stand-alone program. Or, it can be combined with a master’s degree to uniquely position graduates for careers that require both breadth and depth of public health knowledge. 

Our courses are scheduled in the late afternoons and early evenings, allowing students to attain valuable career experience while they earn their degrees.


Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Fall – March 15 (Applications must be complete by December 15 for priority scholarship consideration.)

Spring - October 1

Summer – December 15

Individuals interested in applying to this program should submit their application and supporting documents through SOPHAS, a general online application for schools of public health. A graduated fee is charged for this application, depending on the number of accredited schools to which you apply.

Standardized test scores:

GRE general test (institutional code 5268).  

Applicants may also submit the LSAT, MCAT, or GMAT instead of the GRE.

Applicants who already have a conferred graduate degree (i.e. J.D., M.A., M.S., J.D.) are exempt.

Recommendations required:

Two (2) recommendations

Prior academic records:

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Transcripts must be forwarded to SOPHAS in their original sealed envelopes directly from the institution.

Official transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from an accredited independent evaluating agency. Please be sure you request a detailed evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grade-point average (GPA), United States degree equivalency, and date of degree conferral. Please see the list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services.

Statement of purpose:

In an essay of approximately 1500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study in your chosen field. Include your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned in the application. 

The Committee reviews your Statement of Purpose to determine your motivation for pursuing a career in public health and health services.

International applicants only:

PLEASE NOTE that all programs in the Milken Institute School of Public Health require the following minimum English language test scores for admission:

  • Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0.
  • TOEFL: 600 on paper-based or 100 on Internet-based.
  • PTE Academic: 68.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:

Office of Admissions
2nd Floor
Milken Institute School of Public Health
950 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20052

Contact for questions:
[email protected] ~ 202.994.2160 (phone)
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday