Decker School of Nursing

Certificate Programs

Disaster management advanced certificate

The Advanced Certificate in Disaster Management is designed for:

  1. nurses with a master's degree in nursing who wish to expand their knowledge base regarding disaster management;
  2. currently enrolled students in Decker's master's program who have selected the community health nurse practitioner, nurse educator or nurse administrator roles; or
  3. public health nurses and emergency preparedness specialists. 

Graduates of this certificate program are prepared to develop and implement educational programs for first responders, community-based organizations, voluntary organizations and academic institutions.

Course format 

Because the Community Health Nursing master's program grant serves public-health agencies in rural areas and many of the employees of these agencies are unable to attend a three-hour class on a weekly basis, the certificate is offered in an online format. However, each course meets three times per semester on campus. These classes allow students and faculty to meet; provide time for instruction on Blackboard; allow for hazmat demonstrations, drills and tabletops; and allow students to present their projects.


The Advanced Certificate in Disaster Management requires the successful completion of four 3-credit graduate courses (presented below) in disaster management for a total of 12 credits. Students are encouraged to review the University Bulletin for more information, or contact the Decker graduate/advising office.


NURS 540: Elements of Epidemiology and Biostatistics


NURS 546: Community Response to Emerging Health Threats


NURS 547: Community Response to Disaster Preparedness


NURS 549: Community Response to Chemical and Radiological Incidents




Admissions information and how to apply

Information on admissions, financial aid, housing, program costs and visiting Binghamton University's campus is presented on the Graduate School website.

Complete instructions for applying to a certificate program at Binghamton University are available on the Graduate School's how to apply webpage. If you have questions regarding application submission, contact the Graduate School at 607–777–2151 or

Additional information

Students interested in participating in the certificate in disaster management should contact:

Gale A. Spencer

Students taking this program who are nearing completion

In the semester in which you complete the requirements for the Certificate in Forensic Health, notify Jennie Orton and provide a transcript. She will ensure the certificate is awarded and noted on your official transcript. A certificate will then be issued.

Last Updated: 3/16/17