This program provides academic and technical skills necessary to aid in the prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery from regional and global disasters and emergencies.
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As a student in our program, you will gain the conceptual and analytical tools necessary to critically assess the principals and practices underpinning emergency management and prepare for a rewarding career in this rapidly growing field. Through the exploration of topics such as business continuity planning and disaster risk management, you'll gain a comprehensive understanding of how to apply key concepts, methodologies and technologies used by emergency management professionals to complex real-life challenges. You will also learn how to:
- Understand how various fields - such as sociology, psychology, politics and ethics - intersect in the context of disaster and emergency management.
- Gather and assess information relevant to the field and especially as it pertains to the planning, coordination, analysis and recovery of disasters and emergencies.
- Apply critical thinking and analytical skills at all phases of the emergency cycle - mitigation, preparation, response and recovery.
Take advantage of experiential learning opportunities and interact with leading professionals who will provide you with a deeper insight into the field. You'll have the option to complete a field experience that will help to foster a greater understanding of the complexities and realities emergency management professionals face. You'll also learn from experienced professors, many of whom have been active in the field.
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