Biosecurity and Disaster Preparedness, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
Training in biosecurity and disaster preparedness readies you to help prevent biological terrorism and build effective rapid response capabilities for organizations throughout the public and private sectors.
Saint Louis University's post-baccalaureate certificate in biosecurity and disaster preparedness can be completed concurrently with any of our Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degrees other than those concentrating in biosecurity and disaster preparedness or any joint concentration that includes biosecurity and disaster preparedness.
Coursework can be applied towards a Master of Public Health with a concentration in biosecurity and disaster preparedness if students matriculate into SLU's M.P.H. program within two years of completing the certificate and assuming that the certificate courses were not part of a prior degree.
Saint Louis University's post-baccalaureate certificate in biosecurity and disaster preparedness is a completely online program. Learn more in the program roadmap and requirements tabs.
Driven by globalization, emerging infectious diseases, the threat of terrorism and more, the field of biosecurity is rapidly expanding. A certificate in biosecurity and disaster preparedness benefits those who want to work in the military, law enforcement, public health, or state and local governments.
There are also a variety of private-sector or nonprofit employers that require emergency management specialists for situations where emergencies are prone to happen or could be potentially devastating. Examples of these employers include hospitals and health systems, large companies, colleges and universities, and various community relief organizations such as the Red Cross.
- A bachelor's degree in any discipline
- Experience in health-related fields is preferred but is not required
Students apply through SOPHAS Express.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
For priority consideration for graduate assistantship, apply by Feb. 1.
For more information, visit the student financial services office online at http://finaid.slu.edu.
The College for Public Health and Social Justice is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).
- Use an evidence-based approach to develop and analyze human, animal, and environmental hazard control strategies, programs and policies, taking into account legal and ethical considerations. Specifically:
- Identify and cite relevant sources.
- Apply information from relevant sources appropriately.
- Apply/use biosecurity nomenclature and terminology (such as “isolation” and “quarantine”) related to infectious diseases accurately.
- Analyze and apply the scientific characteristics, such as transmission routes and control measures, of major biological hazards to develop interventions that minimize human and animal disease. Specifically:
- Develop appropriate interventions that minimize human and animal disease.
- Integrate appropriate scientific characteristics of an infectious disease into a scenario or case study.
- Create and disseminate tailored messages regarding biosecurity hazards and risks to responders, the public, the media and policymakers. Specifically:
- Communicate the biosecurity hazards and risks related to a scenario or case study.
- Develop a health communication message that is appropriate for the intended audience.
|BSDP 5100||Public Health and Disasters||3|
|BSDP 5101||Fundamentals of Disaster Planning||3|
|BSDP 5206||Disaster Management and Risk Analysis||3|
|Students must complete two courses in one of the following focus areas:|
|Communicable Diseases and Infection Control|
|Disaster Planning for Infectious Disease Disasters|
|Public Health Ecology|
|Emerging Infections: Epidemiology and Public Health Importance|
|Business Continuity and Pandemic Planning|
|Terrorist Organizations and Their Motivations|
|Facing the Challenge of International Bioterrorism|
|Disaster Communications and Media Relations|
Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 in all graduate/professional courses.
Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.
Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.
This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester. Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.
|Critical course: BSDP 5100||Public Health and Disasters||3|
|Critical course: BSDP 5206||Disaster Management and Risk Analysis||3|
|Critical course: BSDP 5101||Fundamentals of Disaster Planning||3|
BSDP Certificate electives should be chosen from one of the two focus areas: Health/Infectious Diseases or Terrorism/Security.