Degrees in Emergency & Disaster Management

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Executive Master's in Emergency & Disaster Management

The executive master’s in Emergency & Disaster Management offers a unique combination of online learning and on-site residencies to provide participants with a thorough understanding of this evolving field. Students progress through the one-year program as a cohort, completing five courses that focus on various facets of the emergency management field.

During each course, the cohort comes together for weeklong group studies that integrate critical thinking exercises, hands-on practice, and engagements with some of the world’s top industry experts and organizations. In between these residencies, participants engage in online study, developing a deeper understanding of key concepts and industry best practices through individual coursework, readings, and group discussions.

2017-2018 Program Calendar*

Course Course Dates Residency Location/Date
MPEM-500 August 30 – October 23, 2017 September 11 –​ 16
Washington, D.C.
MPEM-600 October 25 –​ December 18, 2017 December 11 –​ 16
Seattle, WA
MPEM-700 January 10 –​ March 5, 2018 February 26 – March 3
Paris, France
MPEM-800 March 14 –​ May 7, 2018 April 30 –​ May 5
New Zealand
MPEM-900 May 21 –​ August 19, 2018 July 30 –​ August 4
Washington, D.C.

Explore the Five Courses

Course: MPEM-500: Theory & Legal Framework
Dates:

Online: August 30 – October 23, 2017
On-site residency: September 11 –​ 16

Residency Location:

Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies, Washington, D.C.

Overview: Ground yourself in the historical context for U.S. emergency management practices, including theoretical concepts and doctrines. Develop the leadership capabilities and ethical considerations you need to effectively serve in the public in times of disaster.
Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the evolution of the emergency management system and public expectations and perceptions.
  • Know how to respond legally to emergencies and disasters by studying legal frameworks and doctrines.
  • Identify and apply the critical thinking and analytical skills necessary to lead in a multi-dimensional environment.

*Although this calendar was prepared on the basis of the best information available at the time of publication, all information, including statements of tuition and fees, course offerings, locations, dates and deadlines is subject to change without notice or obligation. Please contact the program for updates.

Course: MPEM-600: Natural Disasters
Dates:

Online: October 25 – December 18, 2017
On-site residency: December 11 –​ 16

Residency Location:

Seattle, WA

Overview: Learn the context of naturally occurring events. Make use of real world case studies to explore methods for understanding local conditions, building resilience and other factors necessary for an effective response and recovery.
Learning Objectives:
  • Understand a disaster cycle and its relationship to existing doctrine as it relates to natural disasters.
  • Compare and contrast psychological and physical infrastructure aspects of events with notice and events without notice (a hurricane versus an earthquake, for example).
  • Identify the implications of underlying community conditions on risk communication throughout the disaster cycle.

*Although this calendar was prepared on the basis of the best information available at the time of publication, all information, including statements of tuition and fees, course offerings, locations, dates and deadlines is subject to change without notice or obligation. Please contact the program for updates.

Course: MPEM-700: Terrorism & WMD
Dates:

Online: January 10 – March 5, 2018
On-site residency: February 26 – March 3

Residency Location:

Paris, France

Overview: This course introduces the added dimension of a deliberate terrorist event, without notice, and explores the challenges associated with chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive hazards. Examine a coordinated, multi-jurisdictional, multi-discipline response. Understand the complexity of such attacks and how current and emerging technologies can support the response to such incidents.
Learning Objectives:
  • Compare and contrast deliberate acts of terrorism to other types of disasters with respect to public reaction, incident management, hazard characterization, triage, public health and first responders/first receivers.
  • Understand the challenges to quantifying and communicating the risks for high consequence/low probability events and identify mechanisms to promote civic responsibility and overcome apathy.
  • Recognize the role of technology and its limitations in making sound decisions.

*Although this calendar was prepared on the basis of the best information available at the time of publication, all information, including statements of tuition and fees, course offerings, locations, dates and deadlines is subject to change without notice or obligation. Please contact the program for updates.

Course: MPEM-800: U.S. Support to a Foreign Disaster
Dates:

Online: March 14 – May 7, 2018
On-site residency: April 30 –​ May 5

Residency Location:

New Zealand

Overview: Explore domestic policies in support of international incidents. Utilize a case study based on a coordinated attack in an isolated region. Learn to manage and take courses of action when there are unexpected emergency management challenges due to lack of redundancy and broken supply chains.
Learning Objectives:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of international and domestic policies governing emergency support of foreign disasters.
  • Recognize and respond to multi-dimensional incidents.
  • Identify and mitigate challenges associated with disabled or delayed aid, supply chain systems, critical infrastructure and key resources.

*Although this calendar was prepared on the basis of the best information available at the time of publication, all information, including statements of tuition and fees, course offerings, locations, dates and deadlines is subject to change without notice or obligation. Please contact the program for updates.

Course: MPEM-900: Capstone
Dates:

Online: May 21 – August 19, 2018
On-site residency: July 30 – August 4

Residency Location:

Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies, Washington, D.C.

Overview: Review and integrate the knowledge you gain throughout the program into a challenging Capstone experience. Test critical thinking skills and ability to make plans to prepare for a large-scale disaster and respond to various disaster scenarios.
Learning Objectives:
  • Demonstrate your ability to apply emergency and disaster management knowledge in a professional environment.
  • Through the Capstone’s scenario-based exercises, test your emergency management skills under fire.
  • Create project work that can be used to showcase your skills.

*Although this calendar was prepared on the basis of the best information available at the time of publication, all information, including statements of tuition and fees, course offerings, locations, dates and deadlines is subject to change without notice or obligation. Please contact the program for updates.

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