The graduate certificate in Emergency and Disaster Management introduces you to the concepts of emergency management, including hazard analysis, mitigation, planning, communication, response, and recovery. It provides a theoretical foundation and understanding of what constitutes disaster, and offers you a glimpse into real-world emergency operations centers. You’ll also uncover how various emergency support functions (fire, law enforcement, public works, healthcare providers, etc.) work together in an integrated emergency management system.
This program is taught by highly credentialed and experienced instructors, many who are board-certified emergency managers (CEM) or who hold key positions in government agencies or national safety and security organizations.
In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:
- Assess the impact of federal Homeland Security legislation and regulation, and the placement of FEMA within the Department of Homeland Security, on FEMA’s ability to perform in its traditional emergency and disaster role.
- Develop budgetary guidance for emergency management functions.
- Assess the threats to the community that derive from actual and potential "mass casualty--high impact" incidents and judge the effectiveness of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) upon the results of such incidents.