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Disaster Management Concentration

Supplement your Degree with an Interdisciplinary Minor or Certificate in Disaster Management at EKU

Overview

What do earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, wildfires, building collapses, hazardous material incidents, pandemics, and terrorist attacks have in common?

Consider the social impacts of terrorism, or the environmental consequences associated with oil spills. The economic disruptions caused by hurricanes and wildfires are significant and reach well beyond local, state, and national boundaries. In fact, disasters commonly disrupt the economy, the operation of businesses, infrastructure systems, and government services. Regrettably, they may also result in loss of life and damage to property and the environment.

Experts predict that the frequency of extreme events and their costs will continue to climb. To help confront this challenge, the Disaster Management concentration at Eastern Kentucky University provides students with an opportunity to study disaster phenomena and formulate 21st Century mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery strategies. Courses offered in support of this concentration provide applied and experiential learning environments in the form of disaster simulations and exercises, and reinforce many professional skills such as risk and geospatial analysis and planning associated with disaster resilience. 

Given that all aspects of society are impacted by disasters, students from diverse backgrounds and academic disciplines are encouraged to consider the value of adding disaster management to their undergraduate or graduate portfolios. Careers supported by this concentration include:

· State and Local Government Positions: Emergency Management, Fire Service, Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Public Health, etc.
· Federal Government Positions: Federal Emergency Management Agency, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Forest Service, etc.
· Nonprofit Organizations Active in Disasters: American Red Cross, etc.
· U.S. Coast Guard and Military
· Private Sector Positions: Healthcare, News Media, Retail, Security Operations, Utility Providers, etc.
· And many more.


Minor and Certificate Requirements

Minor in Disaster Management (~18 Credit Hours)

Requirements (~12 Credit Hours)
HLS 201 – Foundations of Disaster Management
HLS 451 – Disaster Preparedness and Response
HLS 461 – Mitigation and Disaster Recovery
EMC 450 – Disaster Medical Operations

Electives (~6 Credit Hours)
HLS 349 – Cooperative Study / Internship
HLS 391 – Risk Analysis
HLS 445 – Field Experience
HLS 455 – Independent Study
HLS 465 – Modern Natural Disasters
HLS 491 – Disaster Planning and Exercises

*Others approved by faculty


Certificate in Disaster Management (~24 Credit Hours)

Requirements (~15 Credit Hours)
HLS 201 – Foundations of Disaster Management
HLS 451 – Disaster Preparedness and Response
HLS 461 – Mitigation and Disaster Recovery
HLS 491 – Disaster Planning and Exercises
EMC 450 – Disaster Medical Operations

Electives (~9 Credit Hours)
HLS 349 – Cooperative Study / Internship
HLS 391 – Risk Analysis
HLS 445 – Field Experience
HLS 455 – Independent Study
HLS 465 – Modern Natural Disasters
GEO 353 – Geographic Information Systems
GEO 453 – Advanced Geographic Information Systems
GEO 456 – Remote Sensing

*Others approved by faculty


Graduate Concentration in Emergency Management (~12 Credit Hours)

Note: The following courses support the Master of Science in Safety, Security, and Emergency Management program, and may also be completed as electives for other graduate degrees at EKU.

HLS 800 – Foundation of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
HLS 830 – Natural Hazards and Threats to the United States
HLS 831 – Evolution of U.S. Emergency Management
HLS 835 – Managing the Nation’s Disasters


Undergraduate Course Descriptions (Select Courses)

HLS 201 – Foundations of Disaster Management
Disaster planning and response for various risks, threats, and hazards. Integration and coordination of different public safety disciplines; federal, state, and local responsibilities; role of private sector.

HLS 391 – Risk Analysis
History and process of vulnerability and risk assessment (VRA) as it relates to the protection of critical assets and infrastructure. Instruction in common VRA techniques used in both the public and private sectors.

HLS 451 – Disaster Preparedness and Response
Concepts, theories, principles, programs and requirements of emergency preparedness, governmental planning, practice, exercises, hazard and risk assessment, and team building. Overview of the relationship of preparedness to response, emergency operations and incident command systems.

HLS 461 – Mitigation and Disaster Recovery
Concepts, theories, principles, programs, and requirements of pre- and post-disaster hazard mitigation; governmental programs, planning and practice; hazard and threat modeling and analysis; team building; case studies; project development.

HLS 465 – Modern Natural Disasters
Examines natural disasters to include earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, droughts, pandemics, and other events and how they shape current emergency management practices. Analyzes planning for and recovering from such disasters.

HLS 491 – Disaster Planning and Exercises
Emergency planning requirements, methods and applications for all levels of government and business, including hazard mitigation and emergency operations planning; also considers planning for universities, colleges and secondary schools.

EMC 450 – Disaster Medical Operations
Emergency medical communications, cooperation and support in response to a natural or human-made disaster. Planning, delivery and recovery of medical systems by various local, state and federal agencies and the private sector.

GEO 353 – Geographic Information Systems
Introduction to GIS principles, methods, operations, mapping, and applications. Topics include spatial data, databases, GIS analysis, models, site suitability, environmental and social applications, and more.

GEO 453 – Advanced Geographic Information Systems
Advanced concepts, operations, and applications of raster and vector GIS. Spatial analysis using scanning, imagery, GPS, global data sets, and derived data for natural and social applications. Use of standards, metadata, open GIS, and other advances.

GEO 456 – Remote Sensing
Principles, data sources, acquisition, interpretation, analysis, and application of geographic imagery, including maps, air photos, shuttle photography, and satellite digital data. Hands-on emphasis using ERDAS software.


Graduate Course Descriptions

HLS 800 – Foundation of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
Organization, missions, theories, and critical issues in U.S. homeland security and emergency management. Focuses on developing professional skills in critical and creative thinking, policy analysis, and research and writing.

HLS 830 – Natural Hazards and Threats to the United States
Description and analysis of significant hazards and threats to national security, and community safety, such as disasters, catastrophes, accidents, and epidemics.

HLS 831 – Evolution of U.S. Emergency Management
Current practice of emergency management evolved through governmental reactions to disasters that helped shape current emergency management practices, policy, administrative changes, and historical context for the changes.

HLS 835 – Managing the Nation’s Disasters
Public sector emergency preparedness and response, and the associated laws, regulations, programs, and practices. The relationship of this system to the hazards and threats that face the nation at all levels of government are investigated through critical and creative thinking, case studies, collaborative problem solving, and comparative analysis methodologies.

 

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