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Public Health Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Postbaccalaureate Certificate

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Contact Information
School of Public Health, MMC 819, A395 Mayo Memorial Building, 420 Delaware Street, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-626-3500 OR 1-800-774-8636, Fax: 612-624-4498)
  • Program Type: Post-baccalaureate credit certificate/licensure/endorsement
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits: 12
  • This program requires summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Public Hlth Prepared/Response/Recovery PBacc Cert
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The public health certificate in preparedness, response, and recovery (PHCert-PRR) is a program in the public health practice major. This training will help prepare public health workers and others to respond to incidences of bio-terrorism, infectious disease outbreaks, and other emerging public health issues. Students typically complete the curriculum by attending at least two Public Health Institutes (PHI), held in May/June of each year.
This program is accredited by Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree.
Special Application Requirements:
Applicants must submit to SOPHAS Express, a centralized online application service: - Completed SOPHAS Express application and application fee, designating the University of Minnesota School of Public Health - Personal statement describing the applicant's reason for applying, career goals, and how the certificate will help them achieve their goals - One letter of recommendation -Unofficial transcripts of record from each college/university where a degree was earned. (If admitted, official transcripts will need to be sent directly to the School of Public Health.) -Resume or C.V. For detailed application requirements and instructions visit
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 100
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 600
    • Total Score: 7.0
    • Final score: 80
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
Required Coursework
All students take the following 4 courses for 4 credits:
PUBH 7223 - Concepts of Disaster Behavioral Health (1.0 cr)
PUBH 7227 - Incident Management Systems: The Public Health Role (1.0 cr)
PUBH 7221 - Planning for Urgent Threats (1.0 cr)
PUBH 7214 - Principles of Risk Communication (1.0 cr)
Students must take at least one course from the following:
PUBH 7231 - Surveillance of Foodborne Diseases in Humans (1.0 cr)
or PUBH 7230 - Topics in Infectious Disease (0.5-4.0 cr)
Students select remaining credits from an approved list to complete the certificate's 12-credit minimum. Courses at the Public Health Institute are topical and will change from year to year. Please consult the program staff for appropriate courses.
PUBH 7200 - Topics: Public Health Practice (0.5-4.0 cr)
or PUBH 6711 - Public Health Law (2.0 cr)
or PUBH 5231 - Emergency Preparedness: A Public Health Perspective (2.0 cr)
or PUBH 7210 - Topics: Global Food Systems (0.5 cr)
or PUBH 7237 - Using Risk Analysis Tools: Estimating Food Safety on the Farm to Table Continuum (1.0 cr)
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PUBH 7223 - Concepts of Disaster Behavioral Health
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Summer
Impact of disaster on the behavioral health of victims, survivors, and communities. Real scenarios for predictable phases of disaster recovery and concepts of behavioral health services after disaster. Steps for disaster behavioral health response planning/preparation. Presentations, discussion, individual/small group exercises.
PUBH 7227 - Incident Management Systems: The Public Health Role
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Periodic Summer
Managing personnel/resources in an emergency incident. Formalized/common management practices applicable in virtually any setting.
PUBH 7221 - Planning for Urgent Threats
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Summer
Role of public health in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. How public health agencies plan for managing the crisis. Providing surge capacity to maintain public health and health care functions. Assisting a community's recovery from a disaster.
PUBH 7214 - Principles of Risk Communication
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Summer
Key concepts of risk communication theory and their practical application to collection/sharing of information in support of individual and community decision-making about public health issues. Application of risk communication principles to routine, ongoing public health issues and those that arise out of emergency/crisis.
PUBH 7231 - Surveillance of Foodborne Diseases in Humans
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Principles/methods for surveillance of foodborne diseases. Investigation of outbreaks, their application for assessment of food safety hazards. Integration of epidemiologic/lab methods for surveillance in human populations.
PUBH 7230 - Topics in Infectious Disease
Credits: 0.5 -4.0 [max 80.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Summer
Topics in emerging/re-emerging infectious diseases. Biology, epidemiology, diagnosis, economics, risk analysis, methods for prevention/control. Global implications.
PUBH 7200 - Topics: Public Health Practice
Credits: 0.5 -4.0 [max 80.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
New course offerings or topics of interest in public health practice.
PUBH 6711 - Public Health Law
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Basic concepts of law, legislative process, and legal bases for existence/administration of public health programs. Legal aspects of current public health issues/controversies, regulatory role of government in health services system. prereq: Grad student or professional school student or instr consent
PUBH 5231 - Emergency Preparedness: A Public Health Perspective
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Public health emergency preparedness, response, recovery. Introduction to field's core competencies. Various components of course, including online modules, intended to stimulate interactions among learners. Purpose, history, organization, functions, tools, activities used in field. prereq: Upper-level undergraduate students and grad/professional students in academic health sciences and fields related to public health emergency preparedness, response, and recovery. Credit will be not granted if student has completed the PubH 5230 topic course with same title.
PUBH 7210 - Topics: Global Food Systems
Credits: 0.5 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Summer
Food systems related to specific food products, including inputs, processes, and outputs from production sites to consumers. Context for food safety policy. Concept of food system biosecurity as prerequisites for a safe, abundant, affordable, and diverse food supply. Case studies of food-borne disease outbreaks illustrate critical controls in food production.
PUBH 7237 - Using Risk Analysis Tools: Estimating Food Safety on the Farm to Table Continuum
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Summer
This applications-based course will provide the necessary risk- and science-based tools to evaluate and mitigate the microbial and chemical risks in a food production chain—from the farm until consumption. Participants will be divided in small interdisciplinary groups to mimic a real risk analysis team and develop real-case outbreak scenarios. The attendants will follow the risk analysis process as an integral part of a science-based decision-making (risk prioritization, risk assessment, risk management and risk communication) to estimate and manage the food safety risks. The attendants will apply different qualitative (hazard analysis, decision matrices) and quantitative (risk prioritization, modeling, and web-based software) tools by using a computer. The participants will present the main outcomes from the analyses and will evaluate possible mitigation options to reduce the risk in a cost-effective way.