Emergency Preparedness

The Emergency Preparedness specialization is designed to help you be personally and professionally prepared to respond to a disaster. From mitigating risks to recovering from a catastrophe, health education and promotion plays an integral role in responding to emergency situations. Study critical issues in emergency management; strategies for assessing, preparing for and preventing disasters; and lessons in how to help others deal with disaster, crisis and trauma.

Completion Requirements

  • 60 total quarter credits
    • Foundation courses (5 cr.)
    • Core courses (35 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)  

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.


The program’s courses are delivered in a prescribed sequence.
Course Code Course Credits
Course Code HLTH 6005 Course Perspectives on health and the Developing Professional Credits 5
Course Code HLTH 6110 Course Exploring Health Education in the 21st Century Credits 5
Course Code HLTH 6205 Course Assessing Community Needs for Health Education Credits 5
Course Code HLTH 6030 Course Socio-Ecological Perspectives on Health Credits 5
Course Code HLTH 6475 Course Program Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation Credits 5
Course Code HLTH 6412 Course Health Education and Communication Strategies Credits 5
Course Code HLTH 6245 Course Applied Research in Public Health Credits 5
Course Code HLTH 6031 Course Public Health Administration and Leadership Credits 5
Course Code HLTH 6800 Course M.S. in Health Education Capstone Credits 5

Specialization Courses (choose three)

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code HLTH 6100 Course Critical Issues in Emergency Management Credits 5
Course Code HLTH 6200 Course Risk Assessment, Preparedness, and Disaster Mitigation Credits 5
Course Code HLTH 6300 Course Disaster, Response, and Recovery Management Credits 5
Course Code HLTH 6771 Course Terrorism: A Systematic Approach for Emergency Preparedness Credits 5
Course Code HLTH 6740 Course Disaster, Crisis, and Trauma Credits 5
Note on Certification

The MS in Health Education and Promotion has been designed to reflect the Seven Areas of Responsibility for Health Educators outlined by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) and to prepare students to sit for the national Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) exams. Walden enrollment advisors can provide information relating to national certification exams; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to national certification exams for the state in which he or she intends to practice. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain national certification. For more information about the CHES and MCHES exams, students should visit http://www.nchec.org.

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