Program Information

Program Benefits

Designed and taught by experts in the field, the Emergency Management and Resilience Planning (EMRP) certificate program curriculum provides interdisciplinary training emphasizing real world experience. Courses prompt individuals to develop and refine their emergency management and resilience planning skills. Students that complete the program will be able to:

  1. Analyze risk and vulnerabilities because of natural or human-generated disasters using widely accepted hazard and risk assessment methodologies.
  2. Apply emerging federal guidelines such as the National Incident Management System (NIMS), Incident Command Systems and Target Capabilities to the development of emergency management plans.
  3. Formulate strategies to develop appropriate remedies to respond to disasters and implement recovery programs in a municipal or corporate setting.
  4. Understand, evaluate and influence technological and administrative needs to plan and implement emergency preparedness, response, and recovery plans.
  5. Develop operational plans to respond to public health emergencies, natural disasters, and terrorist events.

The following link demonstrates the high level of competencies our students reach by publishing in peer review journals their Integrative Project:


EMRP faculty are industry-leading, expert practitioners in a variety of fields including disaster management and recovery, corporate business continuity planning, strategic preparedness planning, and public health.

The EMRP certificate requires four courses totalling 16 semester hours (SH). Students can complete the certificate in two semesters (two courses each in the fall and spring semester).

This certificate requires a selection of four classes from the following list of offerings:
Course Title Credits
HPA 407 Fundamentals of Emergency Management and Resilience Planning 4
HPA 408 Decision support systems for Emergency Management and Resilience Planning 4
HPA 466 Critical Infrastructure Protection and Allocation of Assets Planning 4
HPA 497 Integrative Project in Emergency Management 4
HPA 569 Risk Visualization and Management 4
HPA 575 Strategic Planning for Disaster Resilience 4
HPA 576 Disaster Response and Recovery Operations 4
HPA 593 Social Vulnerability Analysis 4

Curriculum Handbook

Selection of classes occurs after discussing your career and preferred skill set objectives with your EMRP advisor. The HPA 569 and 593 classes require an intermediate Geographic Information Systems (GIS) background. The student interested in developing high demand skills is encouraged to contact their adviser.