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Public Health and Risk Management

The Public Health and Risk Management Certificate (PHRM) program will equip students with the skills to assess and respond to their organizations' public health risks by giving them a basic understanding of the concepts and science of public health and risk management. The certificate is a partnership between the Department of Health Sciences, and the ETSC, and is available to both matriculated and non-matriculated students. Current CWU students can use the PHRM certificate with many majors to enhance their career opportunities and gain a competitive advantage in the job market. Practicing professionals in occupational safety, health, and related fields can help organizations better prepare for public health crises and mitigate their impacts by participating in this certificate program. Complete the requirements 100% Online.



  1. Define professional and ethical responsibilities of risk management professionals.
  2. Describe the fundamental theories of risk management.
  3. Explain the collaborative role that public health plays in mitigating risk.
  4. Examine, interpret, and apply data to manage hazards and risks.
  5. Identify and describe various risks and the techniques to manage them.
  6. Develop a comprehensive emergency management plan.
  7. Demonstrate the broad application of epidemiology to risk management.


Curriculum (20 Credits)


Quarters Offered

PUBH 230 - Foundations of Public and Community Health (4)

Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer

PUBH 380 - Epidemiology (4)

Winter and Summer

SHM 371 - Emergency Planning and Preparedness (4)


      OR PUBH 411 - Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Management (4)


SHM 454 Risk Management Principles and Practices (4)


SHM 455 Risk Assessment and Treatment (4)



Admission Requirements

The PHRM certificate applications are accepted throughout the year, and typically, the students start in the fall quarter. For details about the application procedures, contact the ETSC Department Chair Dr. Sathy Rajendran at


Graduation Requirements

Students should complete the requirements for the certificate with a 2.0 (on a scale of 4.0) as a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) in the coursework.


Program Requirements

A minimum grade of “C” is required in each of the courses used to satisfy the PHRM certificate.

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