Graduate Catalog
Degree Programs

Emergency Mgmt Homeland Securi Course Descriptions

Back to subject listings

EMHS 5003: Principles and Practice of Disaster Relief and Recovery

Prerequisites or Co-requisites: EMHS 6063 or consent of instructor.

Recovery issues are studied in regard to relationships with ethical, medical, economic and environmental considerations. Initial, short-term, and long-term recovery efforts are examined along with group exercises utilizing best practices.

Note: Students who have taken EAM 4003 can not take EMHS 5003 for credit.

EMHS 5043: Disaster and Emergency Management Ethics

Prerequisite: consent of department head.

Involves a study of a variety of types of ethical theory (teleological, deontological, distributive theories of justice, natural law), review of specific ethical dilemmas related to disasters, professional ethics, overcoming biases, avoiding discrimination, and developing sensitivity. Detailed ethical case studies will be conducted.

Note: Students who have taken EAM 4043 can not take EMHS 5043 for credit.

EMHS 5053: Community Management of Hazardous Materials

Prerequisites or Co-requisites: EMHS 6063 or consent of instructor.

Addresses chemical properties of hazardous materials and wastes; legal requirements for their handling, storage, transportation, and disposal; and methods for protecting employees, facilities, and the community.

Note: Students who have taken EAM 4053 can not take EMHS 5053 for credit.

EMHS 5991,5993: Special Problems and Topics

Prerequisites or acceptable equivalencies: EMHS 6063 or consent of instructor.

The topics will vary to reflect the dynamic changes in the emergency management discipline.

Note: Students who have taken EAM 4993 must have approval from the Department Head regarding the topic for credit in EMHS 5993.

EMHS 5992: Special Problems and Topics

Prerequisites or acceptable equivalencies: EMHS 6063 or consent of instructor.

The topics will vary to reflect the dynamic changes in the emergency management discipline.

Note: Students who have taken EAM 4993 must have approval from the Department Head regarding the topic for credit in EMHS 5993.

EMHS 6003: Design and Management of Preparedness and Mitigation Systems

Prerequisites or Co-requisites: EMHS 6063 or consent of instructor.

Reviews the needs and concepts for well structured design and management processes for preparedness and mitigation systems in both the public and private sectors utilizing best methods for implementation.

EMHS 6023: Risk and Vulnerability Assessment for Business and Industry

Prerequisites or Co-requisites: EMHS 6063 or consent of instructor.

Covers the hazards and threats that businesses and industry face regarding security, safety, and business continuity. The scope of threats and businesses studied range from local to international. Risk analysis, vulnerability, recovery, and business continuity plans will be examined.

EMHS 6033: Foundation of Leadership

Prerequisites or Co-requisites: EMHS 6063 or consent of instructor.

Examines the past and present models of leadership. Topics include current context for leadership and personal leadership styles. Case studies are utilized in both the public and private sectors in relation to emergency management.

EMHS 6043: Contemporary Issues in Emergency Management

Prerequisites or Co-requisites: EMHS 6063 or consent of instructor.

Emphasizes and analyzes the practical aspects of problems facing the emergency manager. Topics could include compliance issues with regard to Homeland Security, the National Incident Management System, the National Response Plan and other national initiatives.

EMHS 6053: Legal Issues in Emergency Management

Prerequisites or Co-requisites: EMHS 6063 or consent of instructor.

Involves research, analysis, and discussion of laws that affect emergency management. Emphasis will be placed on the legal obligations of the emergency management professional utilizing case studies and contemporary examples.

EMHS 6063: Principles of Hazard and Emergency Management

Provides an overview of hazards theory, emergency management fundamentals, and the science of various hazards. Both natural and technological hazards are studied with the perspective of emergency management. Some of the topics include earthquakes, tsunami, volcanoes, floods, wildfires, terrorism, tornadoes, winter storms, and hurricanes.

EMHS 6073: Introduction to Terrorism

Prerequisites or Co-requisites: EMHS 6063 consent of instructor.

This course is an overview of terrorism in which students will explore various aspects of terrorism in a Post 9/11 world leading to a basic understanding of a global phenomenon. Subject matter will include the history of terrorism, its strategies, and why those strategies, and why those strategies are effective. The student will examine the psychology of fundamentalist religious movements and extreme political organizations. While studying the effects of terrorism, the student will examine governmental concerns, preparedness and response operations and the politics of dealing with terrorism.

EMHS 6083: Business Continuity Project Management

Prerequisites: EMHS 6043 and EMHS 6063 or consent of instructor

EMHS 6083 is open to Emergency Management graduate students only. The topics will vary to reflect the continual changes in the emergency management field. This course may also serve as an independent study course upon recommendation of the advisor and approval by the dean. Graduate students will be assigned additional readings and projects of concentration to demonstrate a broad understanding of the special problem or topic being investigated or studied.

EMHS 6103: Research Design and Methods

Prerequisites or Co-requisites: EMHS 6063 or consent of instructor.

Demonstrates the comprehension of research, design, and methods. Qualitative and quantitative methods are discussed along with the utilization of the scientific method. Professionalism and models for research are also covered.

EMHS 6123: Applied Data Analysis

Prerequisites: EMHS 6043, EMHS 6063, and EMHS 6103

This course is designed to develop and extend basic data-analytic skills that students will need for their individual research project. As indicated by the course title it as an applied (and not a technical) course in which you will learn by observing and engaging in the authentic activities of data-analysis. The use of new statistical techniques will be "modeled" in class, and then applied to real problems in a lab setting.

EMHS 6193: Introduction to International Emergency Management

Prerequisites: EMHS 6043 and EMHS 6063 or consent of instructor

This course provides students with the study of disaster trends and diverse emergency and disaster management systems and structures that exist throughout the world. Universal principles of global emergency management practice and advances worldwide will be considered. Lessons from disasters will be addressed and political challenges and cooperation between governments and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

EMHS 6203: Crisis Communications

Prerequisites: EMHS 6043 or EMHS 6063 or consent of instructor

This course will cover both the theoretical and practical perspectives of crisis communications. Students will learn the importance of an organized approach to dealing with unexpected, crisis situations and the need for clear, concise information communicated effectively.

EMHS 6243: Intelligence in Emergency Management and Homeland Security

Prerequisites: EMHS 6043 and EMHS 6063 or consent of instructor

This course is an overview of the field of intelligence with an emphasis on understanding the basics of the field and how it is used in actual practice. In an ever-changing world it is critical to understand the basics of information gathering and how it is analyzed to produce actionable results. Students will explore governmental concerns, intelligence operations and the politics of dealing with information for defensive purposes.

EMHS 6253: Information Security for Public Managers

Prerequisites: EMHS 6043 and EMHS 6063 or consent of instructor

This course is an overview of information security management for a public department and agency. Students will explore governance, determine current state of security, and learn the concepts of IT-risk assessments, IT-risk mitigation, and incident responses in the realm of the public sector.

EMHS 6311,6312: Thesis Seminar

Prerequisite: EAM 6303.

This is a variable credit class that can be repeated for a total of three (3) credits. It is required to complete three (3) hours for graduation. Students will be required to develop and defend a formal thesis as approved by the supervising professor and committee. The thesis will be presented in a seminar to faculty, staff, and other graduate students.

EMHS 6403: Action Research Practicum I

Prerequisites: EMHS 6103, EMHS 6043 and EMHS 6063 or consent of instructor.

Creates a research proposal resulting in the design and completion of the research project. The topic and design is developed with the approval of a supervising professor.

EMHS 6413: Capstone Research Practicum II

Prerequisite: Completion of EMHS 6403 or consent of the instructor.

This professional seminar is designed to promote the integration of the core curriculum and practitioner experiences in the Master of Science degree program in Emergency Management and Homeland Security and to help prepare students for transition to a professional position following completion of the degree.

EMHS 6423: Internship for Professional Practice

Prerequisites: EMHS 6043, EMHS 6063, and EMHS 6103

This is an applied course where the student will participate actively in a supervised professional experience. A minimum of 100 hours of relevant work experience must be completed at an approved internship site. The student will work with an advisor to have a site approved at least one semester in advance. The student is required to create blog entries, a portfolio, and a final presentation. The purpose of the course requirements is to share, analyze, and evaluate the experiences during the practical internship and to integrate these experiences with the Department of Emergency Management Core Competencies.

EMHS 6513: Technology for Comprehensive Emergency Management

Prerequisites: EMHS 6043 and EMHS 6063

Covers the technologies that are applied during each of the phases of emergency management. This can include information management, message handling, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), the Global Positioning System (GPS), material release modeling, situational analysis, and hazard analysis tools.

EMHS 6543: Advanced Digital Technology Applications in EM

Prerequisites: EAM 4023 or EMHS 6513 and EMHS 6043 and EMHS 6063 or consent of instructor

The course emphasizes the utilization of computer Emergency Management applications literacy, information requirements, acquisition, analysis, modeling and data base management; decision support systems and the integration of multiple software platforms into situational awareness fusion products.

EMHS 6563: Situational Awareness of Environmental Threats

Prerequisites: EMHS 6043 and EMHS 6063 or consent of instructor

This course provides an overview of basic threats levels as they relates to the emergency management profession. Students will examine; hazardous weather forecast verification and meanings, decisions making processes based on alert status, development of environmental threat teams, utilizations of technology to assess risk, and National Weather Service products. Student teams will participate in labs, table top scenarios, and exercises. Each graduate student will conduct a special (research) project for presentation to the class at the end of the semester.

EMHS 6891,6892,6893: Independent Study

Prerequisite: Permission of advisor who will direct the independent study.

Open to graduate students who wish to pursue individual study or investigation of some facet of knowledge which complements the purpose of the University's graduate program. Students will be required to plan their studies and prepare formal written reports of their findings. The selected topic may not constitute any duplication of study leading to the accomplishment of a thesis.

EMHS 6933: Research I

Prerequisite: EMHS 6103

Create a research proposal resulting in the design of the research project. Defend the research proposal before the research committee, as determined by the EM Department Head and Graduate Program Director. The topic and research design is developed with approval by the Committee Chair, Graduate Program Director, and Dean of Graduate College.

EMHS 6943: Research II

Prerequisites: EMHS 6123 and EMHS 6933 or consent of instructor

Students will submit their completed formal research document (Thesis or Article suitable for publication). Students will successfully complete their Oral Defense of their research project.