Certificate Programs

Disaster management advanced certificate

The Advanced Certificate in Disaster Management is designed for:

  • post master's degree nurses who wish to expand their knowledge base regarding disaster management
  • currently enrolled students in Decker's master's program
  • public health nurses and emergency preparedness specialists

Graduates of this certificate program are prepared to develop and implement educational programs for first responders, community-based organizations, voluntary organizations and academic institutions.

Course format 

Many employees of public-health agencies in rural areas are unable to attend a three-hour class on a weekly basis, so the certificate is offered in an online hybrid format. However, each course meets three times (or as indicated in a course syllabus) per semester on campus. These classes allow students and faculty to meet; provides time for instruction on "myCourses" (formerly Blackboard); allows for hazmat demonstrations, drills and tabletops; and allow students to present their projects.


The Advanced Certificate in Disaster Management requires the successful completion of four 3-credit graduate courses (presented below) in disaster management for a total of 12 credits. Use the course list in conjunction with the curriculum worksheet in this Google drive plan your course sequence.

Students are encouraged to review the University Bulletin for more information, or contact the Decker Division of Advising and Academic Excellence.


NURS 540. Elements of Epidemiology and Biostatistics


NURS 546: Community Response to Emerging Health Threats


NURS 547: Community Response to Disaster Preparedness


NURS 549: Community Response to Chemical and Radiological Incidents




Application procedures

Information on admissions, financial aid, housing, program costs and visiting Binghamton University's campus (including a virtual tour) is presented on the Graduate School website.

Complete instructions for applying to a certificate program at Binghamton University are available on the Graduate School's how to apply webpage. Be sure to follow directions for applying for an add-on certificate. If you have questions regarding application submission, contact the Graduate School at 607–777–2151 or gradadmission@binghamton.edu.

Note: Students pursuing the add-on certificate MUST apply to have the major code for the certificate added to their official academic record no later than one semester preceding the semester they intend to declare their candidacy (graduate). Failure to apply for this may result in the certificate not being added to their academic record.

Additional information

Students interested in participating in the certificate in disaster management should contact Decker's Division of Advising and Academic Excellence at decker@binghamton.edu or 607-777-4954.