Environmental Hazard Management Certificate

The Environmental Hazard Management certificate focuses on the relationship between the built environment and extreme events in the natural environment. This concentration prepares students to address natural disasters and technological hazards. 

Students with the certificate have worked in:

  • Disaster research
  • Emergency and hazard planning
  • Policy formulation and implementation

The Environmental Hazard Management Certificate is supported by the Hazard Reduction & Recovery Center. The certificate is open to all graduate students at Texas A&M University. 


Certificate Spotlights

Martin Siwek

Martin Siwek graduated with the certificate along with his Master degree of Urban Planning in 2010. Now he is working as the Disaster Recovery Program Manager with ICF – a forward-thinking consulting company that helps to plan, design, and implement transformative projects related to disaster recovery, energy, social problems and so much more.

Emily Sullivan

Emily Sullivan graduated with the certificate and a master’s in urban planning in 2018. She moved back to her hometown of Arlington, Virginia, and is now working as the environmental planner & conservation agent for her town.

Sara Hamideh

Sara Hamideh received her certificate when she finished her doctoral program in 2015; she is now an assistant professor in Iowa State University. Her research focuses on planning for resilience and uses both qualitative and quantitative methods to understand and inform planning for long-term recovery and resilience with particular attention to social vulnerability.


The Environmental Hazard Management Certificate includes 15 hours of coursework. To finish the program, students must complete a study, paper, or dissertation with a focus on environmental hazards approved by the Environmental Hazards Management Certificate Advisory Council.

PLAN 647Disaster Recovery and Hazard Mitigation3

Select two of the following courses:

PLAN 634Environmental Health Policy and Planning3
PLAN 635/LAND 635Concepts in Ecological Planning and Design3
PLAN 641Problems of Environmental Planning Administration3
PLAN 642Planning for Coastal Sustainability and Resiliency3
PLAN 649Organizational and Community Response to Crises and Disasters3
PLAN 650Disaster Response Planning3
PLAN 689Special Topics in… (must be a hazard/disaster related special topic course)3

Select two of the following courses:

ATMO 629Climate Change3
COMM 638Crisis Communication3
COSC 663Sustainable Construction3
CVEN 610/PHEO 650Environmental Risk Assessment3
CVEN 624Infrastructure Engineering and Management3
CVEN 642/BAEN 642Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Toward a Sustainable Resource Management3
CVEN 657Dynamic Loads and Structural Behavior3
CVEN 664Water Resources Engineering Planning and Management3
CVEN 669Design of Structures for Hazardous Environmental Loads3
CVEN 682Environmental Remediation of Contaminated Sites3
ESSM 624Terrestrial Ecosystems and Global Change3
ESSM 626Fire and Natural Resources Management3
ESSM 631Ecological Restoration of Wetland and Riparian Systems3
ESSM 633Coastal Processes and Ecosystem Management3
ESSM 636Wildland Watershed Management3
ESSM 660Landscape Analysis and Modeling3
ESSM 663/SCSC 663Applied Spatial Statistics3
GEOG 612Applied Climatology3
GEOG 616Urban Geography3
GEOG 619Human Impact on the Environment3
GEOG 621Land-Use and Land-Cover Change3
GEOG 625/ENTO 625Landscape Ecology3
GEOG 634/WMHS 601Hydrology and Environment3
GEOG 660Applications in GIS3
GEOG 665GIS-Based Spatial Analysis and Modeling3
GEOG 676GIS Programming3
GEOL 633River Restoration3
HLTH 609Applied Epidemiology3
HLTH 629Environmental Health3
HLTH 631Community and Public Health3
HPCH 604Social Ecology and Global Health3
HPCH 625Health of Refugees and Displaced Populations3
INTA 635Great Famines, War and Disaster Response3
MARS 610Environmental Law3
MARS 625GIS Use in Coastal Resources3
MARS 626Advanced GIS for Coastal Systems3
MARS 635Environmental Impact Statements and Natural Resource Damage Assessment3
MARS 640Environmental Administrative Law3
MARS 652Sustainable Management of Coastal Margins3
MARS 655Wetlands Management3
MARS 675Environmental Management Strategies3
MARS 676Environmental Policy3
OCEN 672Coastal Engineering3
PHEB 605Epidemiologic Methods I3
PHEB 606Survival Analysis3
PHEB 607Sample Survey Methodology3
PHEB 613Field Epidemiology Methods3
PHEB 614Analysis of Longitudinal and Multilevel Data3
PHEB 615Disaster Epidemiology3
PHEB 618Spatial Epidemiology3
PHEB 624Social Epidemiology3
PHEB 626Occupational And Environmental Epidemiology3
PHEO 610Toxicology in Public Health3
PHEO 611Environmental Health Assessment3
PHEO 612Global Environmental Health3
PHEO 613Introduction to Environmental Health Disparities3
PHEO 614/SCSC 614Biodegradation and Bioremediation3
PHEO 615Environmental Measurement3
PHEO 625Environmental and Occupational Health Survey Methods3
PHEO 639Hazardous Materials Management and Compliance3
PHEO 650Risk Assessment I3
PHEO 676Environmental Sustainability and Public Health3
PHPM 642Public Health Emergency Preparedness Policy Issues3
PHPM 644Texas Training Initiative For Emergency Response (T-Tier)3
PLAN 622/LAND 622Critical Place Studies: Theory, Research and Practice3
PLAN 625Geographical Information Systems in Landscape and Urban Planning3
PLAN 626Advanced GIS in Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning3
PLAN 629Neighborhood Revitalization3
RENR 650/ESSM 676Leadership, Development and Management of Environmental NGOs3
RENR 659Ecological Economics3
RENR 660/ESSM 672Environmental Impact Analysis for Renewable Natural Resources3
SENG 660Quantitative Risk Analysis3
SENG 677Fire Protection Engineering3
SOCI 617Comparative Racial-Ethnic Relations3
SOCI 647Seminar in Demography and Human Ecology3
SOCI 660Theories of Race and Ethnic Group Relations3
SOCI 661/WGST 661Sociology of Gender3
SOCI 662Racism and Anti-Racism3
SOPH 602Investigation and Control: Acute Public Health Events3

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Michelle Annette Meyer

Director, Hazard Reduction & Recovery Center; Associate Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning

979.845.7813 Email Michelle Annette Meyer