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Environmental Hazards Certificate

About the Program

Environmental Hazards involves how to prepare for, mitigate, respond to, and recover from disasters caused by environmental hazards (earthquakes, chemical spills, infectious diseases).   Examples include hazardous waste management, health and safety coordination, environmental management, public health.


You can earn this 12 hour certificate in one year.  See the Calendar of Elective/Certificate Course Offerings.

Earn this stand alone certificate, or as part of the Bachelor of Science in Crisis & Disaster Management


The diverse students enrolled in CDM have a strong desire to make a difference in the world. Some have experience in public safety, fire, or emergency medical services, while others have experience in business, service or hospitality. Many have connections to volunteer organizations and public service organizations.
Students choose this program because they want to build their knowledge base, develop skills, and practice what they are learning through community service learning opportunities. To be successful in this program and successful after graduation it is critical that you develop outstanding interpersonal skills and a broad knowledge base in the social sciences in addition to technical knowledge and skills that have been tested through years of public service.

The courses offered in Crisis and Disaster Management are designed for:

  • Public safety personnel (emergency management, fire, police, EMS, and dispatchers)
  • Institutional emergency planners (schools, hospitals, and facilities)
  • Community service providers (Red Cross, relief organizations, and disaster recovery)
  • Industrial emergency responders (fire, rescue, and hazardous materials)
  • Business continuity planners (banking, corporations, insurance, and manufacturing)

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of the certificate, you will be able to:

  1. Identify and evaluate risk, health and safety concerns;
  2. Describe the Hazardous Materials Management System;
  3. Understand and implement the National Incident Management System (NIMS);
  4. Determine site management and control measures;
  5. Design regulatory procedures and programs to manage chemical hazards;
  6. Discuss multiple theories of accident causation;
  7. Evaluate contributing factors leading to environmental disasters;

Courses available online.



Lynn Urban
Chair, School of Public Services
Humphreys 300
Tel: (660) 543-4950


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