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Graduate certificate in global post-disaster studies: Reconstruction with vulnerable populations


There is a rapid increase in instances of various types of disasters in the United States and globally. These include bad governance and poverty, environmental pollution, HIV/AIDS, wars, conflicts, severe weather-related events, earthquakes, large-scale attacks on civilian populations, technological catastrophes, and influenza pandemics. Consequently, governmental and non-governmental agencies, international multilateral organizations, for-profit and not-for-profit bodies and humanitarian and international relief organizations need personnel trained to develop and implement appropriate post-disaster reconstruction policies, especially as they relate to vulnerable populations.

The aim of this program is to develop an international capacity to address the consequences of the various forms of disaster that millions of people face every year, everywhere. This program addresses the complexities and the intertwined technical and socio-cultural aspects of disasters in a multi-disciplinary approach.

This graduate certificate program is unique in preparing professionals to address how to create safe communities following disasters for vulnerable populations, specifically children, women, the elderly, people with disabilities and the poor.

This non-credit certificate program offers topics in the theory and practice of disaster preparedness, mitigation and post-disaster reconstruction. It also presents a unique opportunity for participants of various accreditations to develop not only an expertise in a variety of components of post-disaster recovery and reconstruction, but also the broader skills associated with project and performance management that can be utilized in a wide array of faculties. The aim is to develop a national and international capacity to address the horrendous consequences of the various forms of disaster which millions of people face every year, everywhere.

This program consists of four required and two elective courses. You must successfully complete five courses to receive the certificate. Upon successful completion of each course, you will receive the CEUs (Continuing Education Units) indicated for a total of 17.5 or 16 CEUs, depending on which courses you select.

required courses:

The following four courses are required:
PRFTRN102 Reconstruction after the Cameras Have Gone: Principles and Best Practices
PRFTRN103 Climate Change, Global Food and Water Resources
PROJMGT002 Practical Project Management
Social Vulnerability Approach to Disasters (to be offered in Fall 2011)


You may choose one of the following electives:
PRFTRN104 Human Dignity, Human Rights and Sustainable Post-Disaster Reconstruction
PRFTRN093 Performance Management in Government and Non-Profits

Admission Requirement

To be accepted in the program, applicants must:

1.Submit a completed Graduate Application form.
2.Have earned a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.
3.Submit a resume.
4.Submit official transcripts from every institution previously attended.
5.Submit a TOEFL score that meets the requirements of the University of Massachusetts Boston for graduate study.
6.Arrange for an interview by phone or online with program staff.
7.Have access to computer technology for online study.
8.Submit two letters of recommendation and a statement of interests/intent.

Geographical coverage


Application procedure

Registration is available online, in-person, by fax, or by mail visit website above for more information.


Shona Jackson
Tel 617.287.6934
Fax 617.287.7297

Last updated

25 Mar 2011

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  • Type Continuing education
  • Level Certificate/Diploma
  • Location(s) United States of America (Boston)

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