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Course Descriptions

  • All five courses must be completed to satisfy requirements for the certificate program.
  • Choose 4 out of the 5 courses to complete to satisfy requirements for the bachelor's degree.
  • Courses are offered on a rotating basis — one class available in the fall, spring and summer terms.
  • Each course awards three credits, taken either for undergraduate or graduate credit.
  • Courses can be taken in any order.
  • The program can be completed in as little as two years.
Emergency Management Cycle

Principles and Practices of Disaster Response Operations and Management

Summer 2025

Examine the roles and responsibilities of the players in a crisis event. Explore the various problems associated with response operations such as: inadequate preparedness measurers, safety and site security, politics and record keeping.

Disaster Recovery

Fall 2025

Examine disaster recovery in isolation. Explore the short- and long-term effects of disasters, as well as the process of putting families, businesses and communities back together. You will learn the importance of reconstruction and public relations.

Political and Policy Dimensions of Emergency Management

Spring 2024 and 2026

This course focuses on the political processes and phenomena associated with mitigating the likely effects of extreme events, responding to them and recovering from them. The course is intended to help emergency managers to develop an understanding of local, state, federal and intergovernmental politics affecting and affected by extreme events.


Principles and Practices of Emergency Management

Fall 2024 and 2026

The overall objective of this course is to examine the theories, principles and practices of emergency management. The philosophy of comprehensive emergency management will be discussed with the four attendant steps, which include mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. In addition, legal issues involving state and federal laws affecting emergency operations will be studied.

Strategic Emergency Preparedness, Planning and Implementation

Spring 2025

Strategic planning and budgeting is an important component in emergency planning and mitigation. Gain knowledge on how to acquire and allocate resources and gain long-term support.