Executive Master's in Emergency & Disaster Management

Online with 5 residencies Course Schedule for Spring 2023

04 Apr 12-1pm ET
Programs in Emergency & Disaster Management Webinar  

International Disasters

The International Disasters course is a graduate seminar which challenges students to grow in their knowledge and understanding both horizontally beyond the borders of domestic U.S. emergency management principles and vertically beyond national policies into global frameworks. Students will be introduced to threats and hazards with global implications, how those threats/hazards shape the systems which exist to mitigate, respond, or recover from them, and the complexities that exist in international disaster operations. This course will focus on the United States Government’s (USG) organization for responding to international disasters, how emergency/disaster management is structured in other nations, and how nations come together to respond to an international disaster. Students will be introduced to case studies and presented scenarios that will require considering factors such as interpretation of complex international arrangements, political climates, economic environments, social/media influences, and state sovereignty. Throughout the course, students will receive lectures expanding on the week’s topics by the instructor, have opportunities to interact with guest lecturers, and engage in discussions with other classmates. The residency week will not only expand on the topics during the preceding weeks but will also layer further discussion on the complexities of international disaster operations such as initial coordination, logistics, command and control, among others.

Note: Students are required to attend on-site residency in Washington DC, USA from April 9-16 2023. US Covid-19 protocols are active.

  • Course #: MPEM-800-01
  • CRN: 26349
  • Instructor: Cuartas, J.
  • Dates: Mar 03 – May 02, 2023
  • Class Meetings:
    • Wed 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM


Terrorism & Weapons of Mass Destruction

This module 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. -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.

Note: Students are required to attend on-site residency in London, UK and Paris, France from February 19 - 26, 2023. International Covid-19 protocols are active.

  • Course #: MPEM-700-01
  • CRN: 26323
  • Instructor: Stern, J.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – Mar 02, 2023
  • Class Meetings:
    • Wed 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM