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2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Disaster Mental Health Graduate Certificate

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Program Overview

The Disaster Mental Health Institute (DMHI) is one of the leading agencies in the world in the field of disaster psychology. The DMHI has been involved in cutting-edge education, research and response since 1993. The online certificate prepares you to serve your community in responding to, and recovering from, disaster, 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. The graduate certificate is also available to civic officials, emergency managers, first responders, and disaster relief workers, as recommended by the National Biodefense Science Board. Participants in this category, however, cannot receive the American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Services certificate. Learn more at usd.edu/online-dmh.


Application Requirements

  1. Completed application
  2. $35 application fee
  3. Official transcripts*
  4. Letters of recommendation*
  5. Admission test scores*
  6. Statement of purpose
  7. Resume/CV*

*Requirements for admission vary by program and may require different documentation and have different deadlines. For specific program requirements and submission deadline, visit: catalog.usd.edu.


For more information about the Graduate Certificate Program, contact the Psychology Department, the Disaster Mental Health Institute, or Graduate Admissions.

State Authorization - It Matters Where You Live

If your learning placement course (internship, externship, clinical, rotation, practicum, independent study, study away, etc.) or your online course will be taken outside South Dakota, please reference USD’s State Authorization webpage.

State Authorization


Department of Psychology
605-658-3700 | psychology@usd.eduusd.edu/psychology

Graduate Admissions 
605-658-6200 | gradadmissions@usd.edu  | usd.edu/grad

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