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Course Descriptions & Schedule

Expected 2013-2014 Course Offerings

Each course meets in person for two days at the beginning of the term and two days at the end of the term. For details on the program format, please visit About the Program.


EM1: The Professional in Emergency Management (Fall 2013)

What core, foundational knowledge is essential for those called to serve in an emergency management role?

This gateway course explores the history, doctrines, and authorities of emergency management as a discipline as well as the role of the emergency manager in the post 9/11 world. It provides the background of this emerging field, a theoretical foundation for emergency management issues, a description of the advancement steps from operational practitioner to professional, an understanding of existing recognition programs including certification and credentialing, and the use of empowerment in various governance structures.

Instructor: Lucien G. Canton | Download 2012 Syllabus

Dates: September 20 - 21 and December 6 - 7 (Friday/Saturday)


EM2: Emergency Leadership (Fall 2013)

How does the leader in emergency management most effectively identify, plan and implement systems that foster community resilience? How can the emergency manager successfully recognize, operate, and maintain multi-institutional, collaborative structures that meet community needs?

This course explores the principles and practices of leadership and collaborative governance within the field of emergency management. The course will center the process of leadership in each of the four phases of emergency management (preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery). 

Instructor: Gary Seidel | Download Syllabus

Dates: September 22 - 23 and December 8 - 9 (Sunday/Monday)


EM3: Understanding Community Expectations (Winter 2014)

How do community members respond to the need to prepare for, endure, and recover from disasters? What communication/messaging methods can emergency managers utilize to help develop community resilience?

This course explores the psychological and sociological behaviors of individuals and groups in preparing for, experiencing, and recovering from various disasters in their community. While providing the basis for coordination between government officials, business leaders, and the non-profit sectors, this course focuses on understanding public concerns and how society expresses itself in times of crisis. This course addresses the methodology of preparedness and alert and warning communications, and responsibilities, and the role of emergency managers in the resilience process.

Instructor: Dr. Kathleen Vidoloff | Download 2013 Syllabus

Dates: January 3 - 4 and March 7 - 8 (Friday/Saturday)


EM4: Earth Sciences for Emergency Managers (Winter 2014)

What do emergency managers need to know about physical and earth sciences?

This course explores critical principles of the physical and earth sciences as they relate to emergency management concerns. Course curriculum includes familiarization with geology, hydrology, and meteorology as well as the basic chemistry of hazardous materials. 

Instructor: Dr. Melanie Gall | Download 2013 Syllabus

Dates: January 5 - 6 and March 9 - 10 (Sunday/Monday)


EM5: Building Situational Awareness (Spring 2014)

How can emergency managers be best informed about an emergency event in their community? How can they best use this information for decision-making and communication purposes in: preparedness, response to, and recovery from, the emergency?

This course explores the various steps in providing strategic oversight and situational awareness, interpreting change in the community, and using critical thinking theories and decision-making techniques. Topics include: the differences between information and intelligence gathering, awareness of terrorist and counter-terrorist strategies, methodologies for analysis and dissemination of information, and the use of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS) in various field operations. 

Instructor: Randy Dodds | Download 2013 Syllabus

Dates: April 4 - 5 and June 6 - 7 (Friday/Saturday)


EM6: Crisis Communication and Disasters (Spring 2014)

What key skills do emergency managers need to effectively communicate before, during, and after a disaster?

This course explores proven communication techniques for pre-incident planning, disaster information dissemination, advanced media relations, and post-incident narrative development. It includes familiarization with historic communication failures and successes as well as theories for message formulation and sustainment. 

Instructor: Paul Evans | Download 2013 Syllabus

Dates: April 6 - 7 and June 8 - 9 (Sunday/Monday)

Dates and course topics are subject to change based on instructor availability.