Program Information

Program Benefits

Taught by experts in the field, the Emergency Management and Continuity Planning (EMCP) Certificate Program provides participants with interdisciplinary training with an emphasis on "real" world experience. The courses that comprise the certificate are designed and presented by leading experts in the field in order to help individuals develop and refine their emergency management and continuity planning skills. Participants of the certificate program will be able to:

  1. Analyze risk and vulnerabilities due to natural or manmade disasters using widely accepted hazard and risk assessment methodologies.
  2. Apply emerging Federal guidelines such as the National Incident Management System, Integrated Command Systems and Target Capabilities to the development of emergency management plans.
  3. Formulate strategic plans related to developing the necessary remedies in a municipal or corporate setting to respond to disasters and implement recovery programs.
  4. Leverage, understand and evaluate technological and administrative needs with regard to planning and implementing emergency response and recovery plans.
  5. Develop operational plans to respond to public health emergencies, natural disasters, and terrorist events.


The EMCP curriculum provides in depth coverage of analytical and sustainability planning tools (e.g., decision tree analysis, sustainable disaster recovery (SDR) plans). Another major attribute of this program is the integrative project class, which permits our students to enhance their emergency management (EM) or continuity planning skills-profile by applying the knowledge they acquired to study, analyze, and resolve a specific issue (e.g. to investigate the effect of a hurricane on the performance of a critical urban infrastructure component). Faculty are all industry leading, expert practitioners in a variety of fields including disaster management and recovery, corporate business continuity planning, and public health.

Emergency Management and Continuity Planning certificate requires 5 courses for a total of 16 credit hours (cr) and is designed for completion in as little as three semesters (two courses each in the fall and spring semester and one in the summer). This certificate requires the courses in the table below. See the table below for course offerings:

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To earn the certificate, students must complete five (5) courses with a total of sixteen (16) credit hours.
Course Title Credits
HPA 407 Foundations of Emergency Management and Continuity Programs 3
EOHS 572 Environmental Risk Assessment and Management 4
HPA 466 Critical Infrastructure and Resource Protection Planning 3
IDS 524 Strategic Emergency Management and Continuity Planning 3
IDS 541 Disaster Response and Recovery Operations 3
HPA 497 Integrative Project 3

For course requirements and learning objectives, see page 10 of UIC’s School of Public Health Student Handbook of Academic Certificate Programs.