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vUniversity of South Florida Launches New Homeland Security Graduate Certificate

The University of South Florida, College of Public Health (COPH) is now offering a fully online Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security. The Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security is designed to enhance the knowledge base of public health professionals, as well as provide credentialing for the homeland security profession. The intent is to prepare local, state, and federal Homeland Security leaders and future leaders to:

  • Develop strategies, plans and programs
  • Develop organizational arrangements including civil-military, local/state/federal, and interagency cooperation
  • Make sound leadership decisions regarding homeland security related policy, priority, scientific advancements, and resources.

The design of the certificate engages the student in critical thinking skills that enable them to reduce the public health implications and concerns in homeland security. Students will strengthen managerial and leadership skills in global health and security concerns (i.e., bioterrorism, biodefense, critical infrastructure protection, public health policy, business continuity).

This 15-credit hour certificate program launches in the fall 2015. New students can sign-up for courses until July 21st, 2015, Florida residence may apply by August 10th, 2015 and current students have until add/drop week to enroll in courses. You do not have to be a degree seeking student to apply and the GRE is not required for online graduate certificate courses.

These courses qualify for the Reduced Rate Program which allows for out-of-state students to get a reduced tuition rate to take Public Health courses.

Curriculum: This graduate certificate option is a public health program that combines courses that focus on a range of topics designed to specifically address homeland security concerns and strategies. Topics unique to this certificate option include:

  • PHC 6235 - Critical Infrastructure Protection for Security and Public Health (Fall)
  • PHC 6237 - Homeland Security: Law, Policy and Public Health (Fall)
  • PHC 6234 - Public Health Implications and Concerns in Homeland Security (Spring)
  • PHC 6236 - Business Continuity for Global Health and Security (Spring)
  • PHC 6373 - Protecting Public Health: Bioterrorism and Biodefense (Spring)


For More Information contact:

Ismael Hoare, PhD, 206-818-1175 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Elizabeth Dunn, MPH, CPH, 813-396-9403 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Learn more about the application process at: www.usf.edu/innovative-education/programs/graduate-certificates/application-process.aspx


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