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 also recognized by the Foundation of Higher Education for Disaster and Emergency Management and Homeland Security. The university is the first fully online institution to receive this important distinction. 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.

Certificate Objectives

Upon successful completion of this certificate, the student will be able to:

  • Assess the impact of federal national 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.

Certificate Requirements (18 semester hours)

Select 6 courses from the following:18
Emergency Management and Public Law
Emergency and Disaster Theory
Emergency and Disaster Planning and Management
Interagency Disaster Management
Economics of Disaster
Case Analysis: Crisis and Disaster
Emergency Management Health and Medical Issues
Disaster Health Management
Total Semester Hours18