University of South Florida, College of Public Health Launches New Online Homeland Security Graduate Certificate

The University of South Florida, College of Public Health (COPH), is now  offering a fully online Homeland Security Graduate Certificate Program. 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).2015-07-09_2056

This certificate is applicable to Department of Defense (DOD) employees, defense contractors, current or retired military, first responders, federal/state/local authority involved in homeland security management or administration, or others in the community with an interest in and desired to prepare for careers related to homeland security.

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.

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 (3)
  • PHC 6237 Homeland Security: Law, Policy and Public Health (3)
  • PHC 6234 Public Health Implications and Concerns in Homeland Security (3)
  • PHC 6236 Business Continuity for Global Health and Security (3)
  • PHC 6373 Protecting Public Health: Bioterrorism and Biodefense (3)

The Homeland Security Graduate Certificate is composed of 15 graduate credit hours. Up to 12 credit hours at or above the 6000 level of the certificate coursework may be applied toward a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program at the university with departmental approval.

The University of South Florida (USF) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the USF College of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH).

Admission requirements:

The applicant must hold a bachelor’s degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA from a regionally accredited institution. International applicants must provide original transcripts certified as equivalent to the U.S. bachelor’s degree. Please visit for more information on international admissions.

To learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process. This graduate certificate does not require that you submit GRE scores with your application.

Reduced rate program:

The Reduced Rate Program allows out-of-state students to get a reduced tuition rate to take Public Health courses. The program is available only to students who are enrolled in eligible Public Health online degree concentrations and certificates. Currently, out-of-state students pay a tuition rate of $877.17 per credit hour. Through the Reduced Rate Program, out-of-state and international students pay a rate of $525.00 per credit hour plus a $30 online fee per credit hour.

For additional information, Contact:

Dr. Ismael Hoare, Director – Ph: (813) 974-9407, Email:

Elizabeth Dunn, MPH, CPH, Assistant to the Director – Ph: (813) 396-9403, Email:

Graduate Certificate Office: (813) 974-4926,

Additional Information:


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