MS Emergency Management Curriculum
Program Requirements + Schedule
Courses meet on alternating week-ends on Friday evenings from 5:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. The alternating weekend format provides students the opportunity to conduct research, meet with student teams, and satisfy classroom objectives for the next class meeting. The program begins with a one-day orientation. Each entering class comprises approximately 24 students, who progress through the program as a cohort.
Each program meets for 3 alternating weekends except for the capstone, which meets 4 alternating weekends distributed throughout the entire program.
The course is designed to provide students with a foundation in emergency management related concepts, theories, and principles through an in-depth analysis of past and current emergency management policies, practices, and events. Students will analyze and discuss national, state and local government structure, responsibilities, authorities and relationships. We will analyze and discuss National Security Presidential Directives, Homeland Security Presidential Directives, the National Response Framework, the National Disaster Recovery Framework, and the National Incident Management System. We will also discuss homeland security and emergency management related policy and strategic level decision making, international disaster and relief, business continuity theory and practice, and disaster and emergency management cycles.
Meets 3 alternating weekends December and January
This course is designed to enable students to develop Incident Command System (ICS)/Emergency Operations Center (EOC) interface implementation strategies or action plans for their communities. The course reviews the ICS and EOC models of emergency management operations, including coordination, communication, and chief executive decision making, and places ICS in the context of the evolving National Incident Management System (NIMS) and National Response Plan (NRP). It enhances the knowledge and skills needed for clarifying roles, responsibilities, and relationships prior to a disaster through small-group and large-group exercises. The course stresses that final coordination and operational structures are matters for local governments to resolve in the planning process with the state and federal government, not-for-profit organizations and the private sector. It is the intent of the course to stimulate thinking and ultimately, action in this area.
Threats to the homeland require a coordinated, interagency response with implications for both domestic and foreign policy. To better address challenges including cybersecurity, terrorism, transborder security, and information sharing, President Obama consolidated the staffs of the National Security Council and Homeland Security Council in order to integrate international, transnational, and homeland security matters in a single organization. The merger reflects the complex environment facing today’s emergency management professionals. This course will address national security policy and decision-making; current threats; the roles and responsibilities of the National Security Council; the relationship between the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense and other relevant agencies; and issues surrounding inter-operability at all levels of government. Case studies including the 9/11 Commission Report and the Boston Marathon bombing will be used to analyze lessons learned and best practices.
The capstone course will provide an opportunity for students to integrate the core curriculum and their personal areas of interest culminating in both a written and oral capstone project presentation that addresses either solving a problem or improving a process in the field of emergency management. Specifically, students choose between the following: 1) Presenting a problem in the field of emergency management, describing what has been heretofore written about the problem, providing multiple solutions to the problem, and making a recommendation for implementation of the optimal solution; or 2) Presenting a methodology for improving a process in the field of emergency management, describing what has been heretofore written about the process, providing multiple solutions to the process, and making a recommendation for implementation of the optimal solution.
Organizational issues lie at the core of operational effectiveness in facilities management. Management of individuals, teams and organizations requires a keen understanding of the principles of leadership, vision and motivation under sometimes stressful circumstances. This course provides extensive instruction in organizational behavior in the context of the modern business environment.
The course provides a comprehensive review of law and the judicial process; the legal relationships among society and the business community; an analysis of the concept and legal consequences of contracts; business torts and crimes; consumer protection; and personal property. The course also covers environmental laws and regulations as they apply to industrial organizations. Students explore the relationships between technology, community development, and the long-term sustainability of natural resources. Special topics include ISO 14000 standards, the role of private industry in developing new technology and the responsibilities of both business and government in the economy.
This course will focus on developing each student’s command of the fundamental concepts used by emergency management professionals to conduct sound financial analysis and solve problems using basic and advanced financial analytical tools. The course also covers clear and effective communication of financial concepts, analysis, and conclusions for use by senior management. The course will emphasize concepts, practices, and tools essential for making decisions under routine and non-routine circumstances. Case studies will be examined to illustrate fundamental techniques for budgeting and forecasting, asset management, and maximizing resources. The course will present concepts in a manner that integrates financial analysis with strategic planning, taking a cross-disciplinary approach to budgeting and analysis, accounting, and reporting, and finding the best financial means to achieve strategic objectives.
This course covers in depth the principles of financial accounting and engineering economic analysis and includes such topics as accounting statements; assets and liabilities; corporate financial reporting; inven-tory valuation and cost procedures; investments (stocks, bonds, land, building, and equipment); evaluation of equipment, acquisition, and depreciation; cash flow analysis; and budgetary control. Economic analysis techniques are used to evaluate alternatives for potential solutions to engineering problems. Measures such as present worth, annual worth, rate of return, and cost benefit are considered. Economic analysis as a decision-making tool will be examined.
This course focuses on the security of the Marine Transportation System (MTS). Ninety five percent of all U.S. imports and exports are carried by sea aboard ships via hundreds of ports. From the ports, the cargo is then taken to thousands of destinations via air and land transportation modes (e.g., airline, truck, and rail), thus fueling the U.S. economic engine. These sea, air, and land transportation modes, with the port as their hub, make up the MTS. The MTS is critical to our national and economic security and significant legislation and many national policy documents have been produced to secure the system from terrorism. What have we accomplished and will we succeed? To address these questions, the course will briefly review current U.S. homeland security issues. Students will then examine terrorist threats to the MTS and the legal and policy responses to those threats, including U.S. efforts to carry out the daunting task of securing the global supply chain at sea and overseas.
The course is designed to provide guidance to hospitals, emergency medical services (EMS), health care facilities, and citizens who may become involved in a mass casualty event as a result of a hazardous materials incident, a natural physical or health hazard, or a terrorist’s use of a weapon of mass destruction (WMD). The course focuses on the health provider’s role and goes beyond organizational charts and checklists to deal with the entire role of the hospital inside and outside the emergency department during such incidents.