Emergency and crisis situations happen, and we need to be prepared for them. When a situation does arise, be one of the first on the scene, or working behind the scenes, to help keep those around you safe.
In today’s world, with threats of terrorism, drastic weather, and crisis situations looming, there’s a need for emergency management professionals, including safety directors, emergency specialists, consultants, analysts, and responders, who are prepared with the skills to handle a variety of crisis situations.
In the emergency management program, you will analyze theory and concepts, and study practical applications associated with emergency planning and public safety. You will learn identification of potential hazards, and response planning and execution, and leave the program feeling prepared to help in the event of an emergency.
This program consists of five upper-division online emergency management courses for a total of 15 credit hours.
The purpose of this undergraduate course is to provide the student with a high-level understanding of theory and practice of emergency management. Topics include emergency management concepts, history, terminology, and the roles, functions, and inter-relationships of key disaster and emergency management agencies and organizations. Students examine emergency management issues through a diverse range of case histories, empirical studies, conceptual-theoretical investigations, policy perspectives, and institutional analyses. The course provides an examination of case studies of natural hazards, pandemics/epidemics, active shooter threats, terrorism events, disaster resilience, and critical incident analysis. Students examine a number of timely and significant issues, including the importance of technology, legal issues, ethical decision making, intergovernmental and interagency context, and the need for disaster prevention and protection. This course also offers training options such as a FEMA course for additional knowledge and career building.
This course provides the student with a basic understanding of the principles of hazard and disaster mitigation. The course explores potential hazards, including natural, health-related, and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive (CBRNE) hazards. Actions to reduce or eliminate long-term disaster risk are emphasized, including both structural and non-structural disaster mitigation approaches. Issues related to the local adoption of disaster mitigation measures are considered. Students learn to measure and assess hazards and to understand legal and ethical issues pertaining to disaster mitigation.
This undergraduate course provides students with an understanding of the characteristics, functions, and resources of an integrated disaster response system and how various emergency management services respond to disasters. Response policies, processes, outcomes, and systems are examined at the local, state, and federal levels. Emphasis is placed on how disaster response systems are applied to natural, health-related, human-induced and technologic disasters across all levels, processes, and functions. The course provides an examination of the role of national, regional, state and local governments and emergency services in a variety of disasters. The students will become familiar with the Incident Command System (ICS), the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the National Response Framework (NRF).(This course is also offered through CBE. Credits earned using this option will appear on transcripts with an "EX" suffix.)
This course emphasizes a holistic approach the various challenges of disaster recovery, such as housing, infrastructure, and work places. Students identify vulnerable populations, incorporate mitigation measures, and rebuild a sustainable environment. They also study the disaster recovery process, which includes recovery planning, housing, debris management, business and private sector recovery, public and governmental recovery and operations, historical and cultural preservation, environmental recovery, social and psychological recovery and services, voluntary non-governmental organizations (NGOs), federal assistance programs, grant-writing, and donations management.
The purpose of this undergraduate course is to provide students with the rationale and elements of an emergency plan. A selective study of natural and man-made disasters in the United States between 1900 and 2010 examines how these focusing events have shaped policies to improve emergency planning. Students analyze case studies and conduct empirical research to identify lessons learned, social aspects, policy changes, and the collaboration between public and private sectors. Discussion Boards provide students with the opportunity to further analyze and discuss these focusing events to improve emergency planning. This course also offers training options such as a FEMA course for additional knowledge and career building.
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