Homeland Security & Emergency Management

Earn an MPA with a homeland security and emergency management concentration

The Homeland Security and Emergency Management concentration prepares students to be highly competitive for jobs in government agencies and other organizations that work strategically to prevent and mitigate natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and other issues related to public safety.

The concentration in Homeland Security and Emergency Management will specifically teach students to apply managerial skills to make informed decisions about how to promote safer communities, which includes emergency planning, hazard mitigation and avoidance, as well as emergency response planning.

Lessening the impacts of disaster

When a natural or man-made disaster strikes, multiple entities respond. The management and coordination of those agencies is essential for effective and efficient disaster relief. The same is true for the planning and prevention efforts of such disasters from a policy level.

Strategic leadership is required for emergency management directors to understand how to approach these types of disasters and lessen additional damage and loss of life.

Required courses (18 credit hours)

Analysis of concepts, methods, and procedures involved in managing public organizations. Problems of organization, planning, decision making, performance evaluation, and management of human resources are considered. Cases are drawn from a variety of public services found at federal, state, and local levels of government.

An examination of the role of public affairs professionals in policy processes. Focuses on relationships with political actors in various policy areas.

Learn about the fiscal role of government in a mixed economy, sources of public revenue and credit, administrative, political, and institutional aspects of the budget, the budgetary process, and problems and trends in intergovernmental fiscal relations.

The identification and management of criminal justice and public safety crises. Issues of psychological and behavioral responses to crisis, mitigation, contingency and response plans, coordination with governmental, nonprofit agencies and private corporations, crisis decision-making, communication, infrastructure and proactive planning. Practical crisis management techniques for use in public safety.

An examination of theoretical foundations of risk analysis including the history of risk analysis, risk assessment, perception and communications; models for decision-making, techniques for generating alternative courses of action and definitions of risk and opportunity within a context of local, state and federal regulatory guidelines, media and social context.

This course addresses federal policy and management issues related to preventing, mitigating, preparing for, responding to, and recovering from major catastrophic events; both natural and man-made, including acts of terrorism. Topics include emergency management, resource and response infrastructures, public health issues, best practices, crisis communications, and business and governmental continuity.

Homeland Security and Emergency Management students will also take two 3-credit-hour electives to complete the degree requirements.

Solve problems at the crossroads of policy, management, and science.