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Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

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Emergency Management (HLS 305)


Self-study, self-paced.

Various; distance learning format.

December 2023 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Hybrid course/exam
Proficiency exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: evaluate the historical context of emergency management and the role of the Department of Homeland Security; compare and contrast natural and technological hazards in emergency management, analyzing predictability, response strategies, and mitigation measures; examine emergency management mitigation techniques, including federal programs and specific examples like Hurricane Sandy and the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program; analyze FEMA's Whole Community Concept and its significance in involving all stakeholders in disaster management; evaluate crisis and risk communications, including the use of social media during crises and potential drawbacks; analyze the military's capabilities and roles in emergency management, including the integration of military assets with civilian agencies; examine recovery assistance programs and relief organizations, including FEMA's program and the roles of national and international organizations in disaster recovery; and evaluate the effectiveness of UN disaster management efforts, including the roles of UNICEF, UNDP, WHO, and initiatives such as the Sendai Framework.


Emergency Management measures students understanding of the field, the historical context, and future implications. The exam covers various aspects of emergency management, including hazard assessment, mitigation, preparedness, response, recovery, international efforts, and the intersection with terrorism and climate change. Through the course, students will gain knowledge and develop critical thinking skills necessary to analyze and address complex emergency management challenges.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Homeland Security, Emergency Management, Criminal Justice, Political Science, or Public Administration (3/24).