Certificate in Emergency Management

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.

NOTE: This certificate is not available to Homeland Security majors or Emergency Management minors.

REQUIREMENTS: 12 HOURS

ELECTIVES: 12 HOURS  

Select 4 courses from:

TOTAL CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS: 24 HOURS

Course Descriptions

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.

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 349 – Applied Learning (Internship) in HLS

Prerequisites: department chair approval, a minimum GPA of 2.0, a minimum of 30 hours completed. The student works under faculty and field supervisors in placements related to the student’s academic studies. A minimum of 80 hours work required for each academic credit. May be retaken to a maximum of twelve hours.

HLS 349 – HLS Cooperative Study

Prerequisites: department chair approval, a minimum GPA of 2.0, a minimum of 30 hours completed. The student works under faculty and field supervisors in placements related to the student’s academic studies. A minimum of 80 hours work required for each academic credit. May be retaken to a maximum of twelve hours.

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

Prerequisite: HLS 201. 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 460 – Business Continuity & EM

Examines key emergency management-related challenges and opportunities relevant to business and industry, including business continuity planning.  Analyzes actions business and industry are taking to enhance their security and preparedness.

HLS 461 – Mitigation and Disaster Recovery.

Prerequisite: HLS 201. 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 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 467 – Crime in Disasters

Examines why some people take advantage of disasters and commit crimes.  Assesses strategies about how crimes during natural and man-made disasters can be prevented. 

HLS 491 – Emergency Planning.

Prerequisite: HLS 451.  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.

This page reflects the program requirements in the 2014 EKU Homeland Security Program Advising Guide. See the EKU Undergraduate Catalog for more information.