Natural Hazards and Disaster Risk Reduction Certificate

Reduce the negative impacts of natural disasters.

Unlike most other programs that focus on management of natural disasters, Michigan Tech’s on-campus and online Natural Hazards and Disaster Risk Reduction certificate emphasizes the physical and social aspects of natural disasters. About 60,000 people die annually from natural disasters, and many casualties occur among the socioeconomically vulnerable. Holistic approaches to natural disasters, including serious consideration of social factors, are built into the program.

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Develop skills and competencies in hazard analysis and effective communication to lessen the impact of hazard events on communities. Examine a wide range of natural hazards including floods, volcanoes, hurricanes, and earthquakes with reference to past and present real-world examples.

Who is this certificate for?

This certificate is for qualified professionals who want to enhance their skill set and can be a foundation to continue toward a graduate degree. It is also valuable for degree-seeking students looking to develop a concentration that gives them an edge in their career path.

What you’ll learn.

Gain interdisciplinary insights into the complex interplay between human activities and hazards from geophysical and meteorological events; acquire skills in communication, hazard analysis and vulnerability assessment; and analyze the complex factors that contribute to the occurrence of events, their impact on society, and the strategies to minimize losses.

What you need to know.

  • This 9-credit certificate consists of two required courses (Advanced Natural Hazards and Social Dimensions of Natural Hazards, each 3 credits) 
  • Students will choose one 3-credit elective course from options including Advanced Geoinformatics, Volcanology, Volcano Seismology, and Anthropology of International Development.

Jumpstart your tomorrow.

Michigan Tech Bachelor’s + 1 Semester = Accelerated Graduate Certificate

If you're a current Michigan Tech undergraduate or recent alumni, you can explore a multitude of accelerated certificate options and get started right away. Michigan Tech’s accelerated graduate certificates are a fast, affordable way to add graduate credentials to your bachelor’s degree. You can integrate your bachelor’s experience into a graduate credential in as little as one semester. You can pursue your academic upgrade without interrupting your career. Be more marketable in your industry or prepare for your master's degree.