Disaster Management Certificate

Overview and Requirements

Graduates of the Certificate in Disaster Management program are prepared to develop and implement educational programs for first responders, community-based organizations, voluntary organizations and academic institutions.

This program is open to:

  • Students with a master's degree in nursing who wish to expand their knowledge base regarding disaster management
  • Currently enrolled students in a Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences master's program (including public health) who wish to add a certificate in disaster management

Course Format 

Because public health agencies are often located in rural areas and many employees of these agencies cannot attend a three-hour on-campus class every week, the Certificate in Disaster Management program is offered in an online hybrid format. Each course meets several times per semester on campus. This allows students and faculty to meet in person; provides time for instruction on using "Brightspace" (formerly myCourses); allows for hazmat demonstrations, drills and tabletops; and allows students to present their projects.

The certificate in disaster management requires the successful completion of four graduate courses for a total of 12 credits.


The Certificate in Disaster Management requires the successful completion of four 3-credit graduate courses (listed below) in disaster management for 12 credits.

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

Follow the instructions for applying to a certificate program at Binghamton University; be sure to follow the Stand-Alone Certificate instructions. You must complete a Stand-Alone Certificate Program Application through the Graduate School and pay an application fee. If you have questions regarding application submission, contact the Graduate School at 607–777–2151 or gradadmission@binghamton.edu.

Be sure you apply to have the major code for the certificate added to your official academic record no later than one semester preceding the semester you intend to declare your candidacy (graduate) or you will be ineligible for the award. 

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.