The Certificate in National Preparedness and Homeland Security (NPHS) is designed to teach current and future emergency professionals to analyze information and make decisions in dynamic and complex crisis environments using new and powerful analytic tools. Through experience-based learning activities, certificate students will develop the skills they need to thrive in homeland security and emergency preparedness careers.
This unique 18-credit certificate incorporates hands-on learning methods. The program features dynamic modeling tools developed at the University of Pittsburgh to plan for and respond to disasters; exercises and simulations that follow protocols established by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; and tools that use virtual reality, visualization, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software to integrate information for crisis decision making.
Applicants must have completed at least 60 credits with a grade point average of 2.0. If you are not currently enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh, you must submit official transcripts from all prior institutions with the application. Students must meet requirements for admission to a certificate program in the College of General Studies. For admission guidelines and an application, go to www.cgs.pitt.edu.
Many program-related questions are answered on the NPHS program website. Students can see a schedule of upcoming classes, peruse the list of approved electives, learn about program partners, and see a list of news and events. Upon registration, students will be given a password to access special course-related materials.
The certificate is composed of twelve credits of required core courses, and six credits of elective courses. Core courses cover foundational content and procedures central to national preparedness and emergency response, in addition to analytical tools and approaches. They include a capstone experience in which students will plan, role-play, and report on a complete disaster scenario involving critical infrastructure sectors such as energy, government, transportation, health, and telecommunications. Elective courses allow students to gain further knowledge or experience relevant to their current or intended career paths in such fields as health, information security, and business continuity. All courses are 3 credits, unless otherwise noted.
Students must have successfully completed at least one other core course prior to registering for the capstone course. The capstone course may be taken concurrently with another core course.
NPHS 1510 Federal and International Framework for Emergency Preparedness
NPHS 1520 State and Local Framework for Emergency Preparedness
NPHS 1530 Analysis, Intelligence, and Decision Tools for Emergency Preparedness
NPHS 1540 Capstone Course in Emergency Preparedness
The following list shows a sample of courses already approved as electives:
ADMJ 1234 Introduction to Cybercrime
ADMJ 1238 Cyber Security, Law, and Money Laundering
ADMJ 1245 Terrorism
ADMJ 1252 Critical Incident Management
ADMJ 1260 Resource Protection Planning
ADMJ/PUBSRV 1425 Principles of Homeland Security
CS 1655 Secure Data Management and Web Applications
GEOL 0820 Natural Disasters
INFSCI 1068 Geospatial Information Systems or IE 1015 Geographic Information Systems
INFSCI 1070 Introduction to Telecommunications and Networks
INFSCI 1074 Computer Security
NPHS 1900 Internship
NPHS 1901 Independent Study
NUR 1061 Independent Study (1 cr.)
NUR 1830 Healthcare in an Age of Terrorism (2 cr.)
NUR 1865 Fundamentals of Disaster and Mass Casualty Care (2 cr.)
PS 1583 Topics in International Relations: European and Global Security
PUBSRV 1320 GIS in the Public Service
Students must meet all relevant course prerequisites. NPHS Internship and NPHS Independent Study courses may be repeated for credit with permission.
Requirements subject to change. Check with an academic advisor before registering.
If you have further questions about the National Preparedness and Homeland Security certificate, please contact Krista Stokes, CGS Academic Advisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Center for National Preparedness (www.cnp.pitt.edu) is an interdisciplinary collaboration of experts and departments at the University of Pittsburgh. It provides research, education, and service aimed at advancing the science, policy and implementation of effective federal, state, and local preparedness efforts across the public and private sectors. The Center possesses expertise in business continuity, information technology, engineering, medical research, national security policy, and public health.