Online Emergency Management Undergraduate Certificate

Eastern Kentucky University’s online undergraduate certificate in Emergency Management provides you with the fundamental knowledge to respond to man-made or natural disasters.  You will be prepared to think critically about and respond effectively to disaster situations.

This program is a great option if you are seeking to support your higher education credentials without committing to a bachelor’s degree program; or wish to combine a certificate in Emergency Management with your academic major to improve your employment opportunities.

Students completing the undergraduate Emergency Management certificate are prepared to work in the public sector in any federal, state or city/county emergency management office; or in the private sector in any large organization with an emergency management office.

Requirements (12 Hours):
GEO 353 – Geographic Information Systems
HLS 201 – Emergency Management
HLS 451 – Disaster Preparedness and Response
HLS 461 – Mitigation and Disaster Recovery

Electives - Select 12 hours from:
SEC 210 – Vulnerability and Risk Assessment
EMC 450 – Disaster Medical Operations
FSE 310 – WMD/Hazardous Materials
FSE 375 – Emergency Service Resource Management
FSE 400 – Advanced Emergency Services
GEO 220 – Human Geography
GEO 315 - Meteorology
GEO 325 – Environmental Land Use Planning
GEO 425 – Land Use Decisions and Controls
GEO 456 – Remote Sensing
GEO 553 – Advanced GIS
HLS 301 – Critical Infrastructure Protection
HLS 391 – Vulnerability and Risk Assessment
HLS 491 – Emergency Planning
GEO 210 – Introduction to Physical Geography OR GLY 302 – Earth Science

Total Curriculum Requirements: 24 hours


Course Descriptions

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

HLS 301 – Critical Infrastructure Protection.  Prerequisite: HLS 101 or department chair approval. Identification, prioritization, and protection of critical infrastructure including information technology, telecommunications, chemical, transportation, energy, water, medical, emergency services, postal and shipping. Impact on personal safety and economic performance.

HLS 391 – Vulnerability and Risk Assessment.  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.  Recovery from disasters and other types of risks, threats, and hazards. Business and government, mitigation activities, critical infrastructure restoration and disaster aid to individuals and communities.

HLS 491 – Emergency Planning.  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.






Gainful Employment Higher Education Act (78 FR666665 and FR 66832) Disclosure: Estimated program cost for the 24 hour online Emergency Management Undergraduate Certificate is $9480. Six students completed the certificate within the normal time (1-1.5 years) in 2010-11. The median loan debt incurred was $8827. Twenty-two students completed the certificate within the normal time (1-1.5 years) in 2011-12. The median loan debt incurred was $8248.