Global Post-Disaster Reconstruction and Management, Certificate (online)


  • Please note: The Global Post-Disaster Reconstruction and Management Certificate is not currently admitting new students. Courses that were formerly offered in the certificate program may still be available for registration.

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Offered in collaboration with the Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters (CRSCAD) at the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies

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 one elective course. 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:

You may choose one of the following electives:

Schedule & Fees

Fall 2017 - Offered online

Course Dates Fee Class No Register
PRFTRN102 Sep 11 - Dec 8 $750 1586 Cancelled
PRFTRN103 Sep 11 - Dec 8 $750 1587 Cancelled
PRFTRN104 Sep 11 - Dec 8 $750 1588 Closed
PRFTRN114 Sep 11 - Dec 8 $750 1589 Cancelled
PRFTRN149 Sep 11 - Dec 8 $750 1593 Cancelled
PRFTRN173 Sep 11 - Dec 8 $750 1594 Cancelled
PRFTRN174 Sep 11 - Dec 8 $750 1595 Cancelled

Spring 2018 - Offered online

Course Dates Fee Class No
PRFTRN102 Jan 29 - May 4 $750 1205
PRFTRN103 Jan 29 - May 4 $750 1206
PRFTRN104 Jan 29 - May 4 $750 1207
PRFTRN114 Jan 29 - May 4 $750 1209
PRFTRN149 Jan 29 - May 4 $750 1210
PRFTRN173 Jan 29 - May 4 $750 1211
PRFTRN174 Jan 29 - May 4 $750 1212

To Register

Registration for Spring 2018 begins November 6.


Guest speakers

Michael Britton
Michael Britton, EdD, PhD, is a practicing psychologist and scholar who conducted interview research with retired U.S. military commanders/planners who had dealt with nuclear weapons during the Cold War, exploring their experience of the moral responsibilities involved. He has lectured internationally on the implications of neuroscience for our global future, and provides training for conflict resolution specialists on applications of neuroscience to their work.

Ulrich Spalthoff
Ulrich (Uli) Spalthoff (Dr. rer. nat.) Director of Media Development for Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies. Former Director of Advanced Technologies at Alcatel-Lucent in Germany and France. As Director of Advanced Technologies, his leadership included mentoring startups and consulting high-tech companies in IT, telecommunication and semiconductor industries from countries all over the world.

Request More Information

For more information about the program, please contact:

Adenrele Awotona
Program Director and Academic Advisor
Tel 617.287.7112
Fax 617.287.5544

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Course Descriptions

PRFTRN102 Reconstruction after the Cameras Have Gone: Principles and Best Practices
Video Introduction

CEU: 3.5
Description: Almost every day, in recent times, most parts of the world are inflicted with one type of disaster or another. Indeed, images of horror and destruction, dislocation and starvation, as well as of those of dying children and grieving women have become common in the newspapers and on television screens. Ironically, in the case of developing countries, the tragic impacts of disasters are further exacerbated by increased level of poverty, rapid and uncontrolled urbanization, and the continuous changes in the climatic, political, and economic circumstances.

This course examines and seeks to answer the following questions: what can be done to alleviate the suffering of the victims and to support them in rebuilding their lives and homes? How can we intervene to mitigate the impact of disasters? How could future disasters be prevented? How could the tragedy turn into an opportunity for development?

PRFTRN103 Climate Change, Global Food, and Water Resources

CEU: 3.5
Description: This course will examine the causes and consequences of climate change with a special focus on food and water resources. We will analyze proposals to prevent and mitigate global warming with both proactive and responsive policies. As a global society, food and water security is the most important goal we face, yet many people in the developing world lack even basic food security and more than a billion people worldwide lack access to safe drinking water. Food and water shortages are exacerbated and caused by climate change, environmental degradation and natural and human-caused disasters. It is projected that unless drastic efforts to cut greenhouse gas emission are implemented global warming will lead to massive crop failures as early as 2040 and become a worldwide phenomenon by 2080. Because poor nations will be most adversely affected by climate change it is incumbent upon the global society to prepare for and avert disaster.

PRFTRN104 Human Dignity, Human Rights, and Sustainable Post-Disaster Reconstruction

CEU: 3.5
Description: The course will explore the intersection dynamics of human dignity, humiliation, and human rights in the context of post-disaster reconstruction.

PRFTRN114 Independent Study in Global Post-Disaster and Management

CEU: 3.5
Description: Students may conduct independent research under the supervision and guidance of members of the faculty. Students wishing to register for independent study must do so through the department.

PRFTRN149 GIS in Emergency and Disaster Management

CEU: 3.5
Description: This course provides an introduction to spatial technologies and desktop GIS software via real-world scenarios and research questions in humanitarian relief, disaster management, international development and environmental issues. In particular, students will learn to analyze, map, and publish spatial information at community, regional and global scales using powerful GIS tools. Students will develop skills in cartography, spatial data management and analysis, collaborative online mapping, manipulation of satellite and aerial imagery as well as toolsets, workflows and strategies common to disaster management and international development fields.

PRFTRN173 Disasters and Public Health

CEU: 3.5
Description: Hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, pandemic outbreaks of infectious/communicable disease, industrial emergencies, bioterrorism events — whether triggered by Mother Nature or human nature, the incidence of disasters impacting on large populations has increased dramatically throughout the world. The inextricable relationship between public health and disaster occurrence, prevention, response, and recovery is undeniable. This course provides an overview of the phenomena of disasters and their impacts within the public health scope. It will cultivate insight into the pervasive presence of public health in contingencies specific to natural, accidental, and intentional disaster events paying special attention to the epidemiology of events and patterns of events. Students will gain knowledge and insight into the nature and anatomy of disasters. Emphasis will be placed on public health interventions and emergency management strategies with an eye toward transition to long-term sustainable development.

PRFTRN174 Community Disaster Resilience

CEU: 3.5
Description: This course will examine resilience and the power to adapt to stress, adversity and trauma. Coping with and managing tragedy and crisis is important to the individual, his/her family and friends, employment and other relationships that are part of our lives.

PRFTRN 175 Migrants and Refugees

CEU: 3.5
Description: This course will provide a broad overview of challenges faced by migrant and refugee populations that have been displaced by socio-political upheavals and natural disasters. The course will also introduce you to legal and sociological definitions of immigrant and refugee populations and to key issues in recent debates over immigrant and refugee rights in international, European and North American law. One of the goals of this review is to sensitize you to the way that definitions of immigrants and refugees (and definitions of particular categories of refugees) can be influenced by a variety of cultural, political and economic factors.

PRFTRN093 Performance Management in Government and Nonprofits

CEU: 2.0
Description: Governments around the world have increasingly come to realize the value of setting goals, measuring performance, and using the resulting data as a core management tool to improve societal outcomes. This management approach is often referred to as "performance management" or "managing for results." Experience has shown that, when well used, goals and measurement can greatly improve the operation and understanding of government programs and priorities. Experience has also shown that misuse of goals and measures, especially when combined with incentives, can provoke dysfunctional, performance-dampening responses.

This course explores what performance management means and how government agencies can adopt this management approach. Students will learn how to develop skills to refine the way goals and strategies are articulated so that they can be effectively measured, and to select practical performance measures. Also covered are how to identify target audiences, present data clearly, and to analyze and use data to improve performance. Using theoretical readings, case studies, and exercises, the course provides a conceptual grasp of the underlying dynamics employed when you manage for results. It also provides a practical understanding of how to apply performance management tools successfully at all levels of government and in nonprofits, across a wide range of policy areas, including social service delivery, health, education, public safety, transportation, and disaster preparedness/recovery.

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PROJMGT002 Practical Project Management

CEU: 3.5
Description: Project management is an essential skill in today’s business world. Organizations are faced with increasing pressure to complete projects within shorter time frames and with smaller budgets than in the past. Professionals need a workable method to ensure that their projects are profitable and aligned with the strategic goals of their organization.

Practical Project Management provides professionals with the essential skills they need to succeed in an increasingly competitive job market. Based on The Project Management Body of Knowledge®, this highly interactive course combines expert instruction with case studies and team exercises. In addition to technical competencies, the course covers the human and political aspects of project management by using examples from students’ own projects, including areas such as social services, health, finance, and disaster recovery.

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