Two people cleaning up a broken house outside.

Disaster Mental Health

Our graduate certificate in disaster mental health will prepare you to serve your community in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from disaster, terrorist attacks and public health emergencies.

Be Prepared

The online Disaster Mental Health Graduate Certificate has been offered through the Disaster Mental Health Institute (DMHI) at the University of South Dakota since 1997. DMHI is one of the leading agencies in the world in the field of disaster psychology. The certificate is offered 100% online, making it more accessible across the nation and throughout the world. 

This certificate is ideal for civic officials, emergency managers, first responders (firefighters, law enforcement officers, paramedics, and emergency medical technicians), and disaster relief workers to advance their knowledge of this critical field, as recommended by the National Biodefense Science Board. Participants in this category, however, cannot receive the American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Services certificate.


Degrees & Offerings

Disaster Mental Health

Certificate
  Online

This 12-credit, 100% online graduate certificate prepares you to serve your community in responding to, and recovering from, disasters, terrorist attacks and public health emergencies. It is intended for existing mental health professionals or as a supplement to graduate training in approved mental health professions. It is offered through the Disaster Mental Health Institute (DMHI), one of the leading agencies in the world.

Program Details

Graduate

College

Department

Contact

Graduate Admissions

Start Your Application Today

For more detailed admission requirements, please refer to USD Graduate Catalog. Additional requirements exist for international applicants. For more information, visit International Admission Requirements.

Departments & Facilities

Explore the departments, facilities and centers that contribute to your education in psychology.
Group of Psychology Students and a Professor.

Psychology

Expand your understanding of the human mind and behavior as you develop strengths in research, critical thinking, advocacy and service.

Faculty & Staff

Get to know your professors in the Department of Psychology. Our faculty serve as experts in their fields and maintain active research involving laboratory-based research, survey studies and/or community-based field research.
Faculty Default

Douglas Peterson

Chair, Psychology
Bio Image for Faculty Member Jan Berkhout

Jan Berkhout

Professor
Bio Image for Faculty Member Chris Berghoff

Chris Berghoff

Assistant Professor
Bio Image for Faculty Member Beth Boyd

Beth Boyd

Director, Clinical Psych Prog
Bio Image for Faculty Member Jean Caraway

Jean Caraway

Associate Professor
Bio Image for Faculty Member BreAnne Danzi

BreAnne Danzi

Assistant Professor
Faculty Default

Sophia Gebauer

Senior Secretary
Bio Image for Faculty Member Michael Granaas

Michael Granaas

Director, Human Factors
Faculty Default

Kelly Gutzman

Senior Secretary
Bio Image for Faculty Member Logan Hale

Logan Hale

Visiting Instructor
Bio Image for Faculty Member Sara Lowmaster

Sara Lowmaster

Associate Professor
Faculty Default

Julie Nelsen

Secretary
Faculty Default

Timothy Ricker

Assistant Professor
Faculty Default

Raluca Simons

Professor/Dir DMHI
Faculty Default

JongSung Yoon

Assistant Professor
A student in a meeting on her laptop at home.

Take Your Classes Online

We're committed to bringing our knowledge to you. USD serves the largest number of online students in the state of South Dakota. With competitive online tuition rates, we offer the same price whether you’re out-of-state or an in-state resident.

 

USD maintains a challenging and rigorous curriculum focused on preparing you to move forward in your career.

 

Take classes at your own pace, enroll in an online class today! 

 

View all online programs
Workers cleaning up debris.

Disaster Mental Health Institute 

The online Disaster Mental Health Graduate Certificate has been offered through the DMHI at the University of South Dakota since 1997. The DMHI at the University of South Dakota is one of the leading agencies in the world in the field of disaster psychology and has been involved in the cutting edge of education, research, and response in the field since 1993.

Surprisingly Affordable

Whether you’ve recently completed your undergraduate degree, or you want to kick your career up a notch, graduate school is the next logical step. The good news is there is funding for both online and on-campus students to get you through your program. 
Resident & WRGP
MN Residents
Non-Resident
Tuition (9 cr.)
3061.35
4398.75
5886.45
Fees (9 cr.)
497.7
497.7
497.7
Books (estimate)
360
360
360

More About Tuition & Fees

This is an estimate tuition rate* per credit hour and other factors such as special fees associated with your program may change the cost of tuition. Tuition rates are subject to change. 

If you are wondering about how to pay for graduate school, there are additional funding options to consider.

Take the Next Step