UCCS expands homeland security certificate offerings

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The Center for Homeland Security, part of the National Institute of Science, Space and Security Centers at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, has added certificates in security intelligence and disaster public health to a growing list of educational services in homeland security and homeland defense.

CHS, in partnership with the School of Public Affairs, is offering the certificate in intelligence for graduate students.  The center, in partnership with the Beth-El School of Nursing, is offering the Public Health Certificate for both graduate and undergraduate students.

The Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security Intelligence will be comprised of four courses: national security intelligence; democracy, policy and security; counterterrorism intelligence; and analytical intelligence methodologies.

The Certificate in Disaster Public Health is comprised of courses that cover:  general principles of disaster public health, disaster preparedness and emergency response, principles of medical preparedness and response to specific types of disasters.  The courses also will explore special public health issues as they apply to disasters to include segments on terrorism and insurgency, and medico-legal disaster response issues.

All CHS programs are taught online and in-residence by professional faculty. 

“The certificate granting academic units are accredited and these courses may be applied toward concentrations and electives in various graduate and undergraduate degrees offered by UCCS,” said Mike Perini, NISSSC executive director.  “For example, a graduate certificate in homeland defense may be applied toward a master’s of public administration through the School of Public Affairs. Similarly, a graduate certificate in disaster public health may be applied toward a master’s in health administration through the Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences.”

NISSSC has four centers: the Center for Homeland Security; the Center for Space Studies;  the Trauma, Health and Hazards Center; and the Center for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education. 

For more information, visit www.nisssc.org.