Curriculum

To earn an EMPS in Emergency & Disaster Management with a focus on Gulf Cooperation Council member nations, you must successfully complete 5 courses (30 credits total). Each course combines online learning activities with weeklong on-site residencies. You will progress through the one-year program as a cohort, beginning in the fall of the academic year.

During each of the five courses, the cohort comes together for a one-week residency that integrates critical-thinking exercises, hands-on practice, and engagements with some of the world’s top industry experts and organizations. In between these residencies, you’ll engage in real-time online study, developing a deeper understanding of key concepts and industry best practices through individual coursework, readings, and group discussions.

Residency Travel Schedule 2017–2018*

Theory & Regional Collaboration Framework | Doha, Qatar | September 16–21, 2017

Study the strategic, operational, and legal frameworks of a regionally based emergency management organization while analyzing the processes and relationships that define interagency and international cooperation.

Natural & Technological Hazards & Disasters | Muscat, Oman | November 11–16, 2017

Explore the multidimensional issues surrounding the planning for and response to disaster events caused by natural hazards, such as severe weather and geophysical events, as well as those caused by technological hazards, including hazardous material spills and critical infrastructure failures.

Terrorism & Man-Made Disasters | Washington, D.C. | January 22–27, 2018

Examine the challenges associated with Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) incidents, mass shooting events, and cyber attacks while understanding the possibilities and limitations of technology’s role in such incidents.

Public Health & Humanitarian Crises | Washington, D.C. | March 26–31, 2018

Approach the complexities of public health and humanitarian crises from local, regional, and global perspectives while studying emerging health security threats to GCC member countries that could result in short- and long-term damage to critical public health infrastructure.

Capstone | Doha, Qatar | August 11–16, 2018

Integrate the knowledge and skills you gained throughout the program to prepare for a large-scale disaster and respond to various disaster scenarios.

To participate in the program, you must be on site for each course’s weeklong residency. Seven nights of lodging and some meals are covered by regular tuition; however, you will be expected to make and finance your own transportation arrangements for each course’s on-site venue.

*All information, including statements of tuition and fees, course offerings, locations, dates and deadlines is subject to change without notice or obligation.