The Homeland Security/Emergency Preparedness Certificate is designed to prepare students with the strategic managerial skills necessary to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from any potential man-made or natural disaster event. Students will engage in Table-Top exercises consisting of multi-scenario incidents and agencies, and gain hands-on classroom experience employing comprehensive emergency management knowledge and strategies.
Additionally, the constant threat of terrorism and events surrounding situations such as the attacks on the World Trade Center, the documented rise in the number of weather-related disasters, and increasingly complex world events with regard to other natural and human-induced disasters provides strong evidence for the immediate and long-term need for well-educated and highly qualified Homeland Security professionals.
Students completing the Homeland Security/Emergency Preparedness curriculum will gain the necessary knowledge and skills to contribute to the four phases of emergency preparedness: mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. Students will be knowledgeable and have an understanding of how individuals, private sector businesses, not-for-profit organizations and all levels of government should mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies. Students completing the program will be able to face the specific challenges encountered by community leaders and managers.
Traditional students, firefighters, law enforcement officers, emergency medical personnel, homeland security officers, safety officers, engineers, scientists, nurses, health care practitioners, and social workers in both the public and the private sectors will enhance career opportunities and be better prepared to offer practical strategies and methodologies for effective response and recovery.
Learning activities will include: fundamentals in emergency planning; leadership and influence; decision making and problem solving; incident command; national response framework; exercise programs; emergency operations center; simulator training and internships. Graduates will be able to engage, facilitate and encourage community and organizational emergency preparedness to newly recognized national standards.