Online Graduate Certificate inEmergency Management

Earning a graduate-level emergency management certificate from Eastern Kentucky University can help you expand your knowledge of emergency preparedness and enhance your ability to respond quickly and effectively. While our 12-credit hour online graduate certificate uses the exact same curriculum and is taught by the same faculty as our Master's in Safety, it can be completed independently of a degree program. Use your newfound knowledge to pursue advancement opportunities in the field, assume more leadership responsibility or as a stepping stone to our Master's in Safety.


Earn your certificate in 1 year or less.


Complete coursework 100% online.


Learn from a veteran faculty of safety professionals with public and private sector experience.


Benefit from EKU’s interactive course delivery and discussion boards.

Rankings and Accreditation

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Included among “America’s Top Colleges”.
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Included in U.S. News & World Report’s annual listing of top colleges and universities.
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Designated as one of America’s most Veteran-Friendly campuses.
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SACSCOC accredited and highly respected.
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What you can learn


Examine the roles and responsibilities of leadership in fire, safety and security. Learn to develop policy, establish objectives and understand the impact of your decisions. Analyze, understand and take control of critical situations by learning how to plan for emergencies of different scales. Prepare an approach, implement your ideas and become a leader in response efforts.

At the heart of our emergency management certificate is teamwork. Study the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration. Examine what it takes to rise to the challenge of an emergency situation — whether natural or man-made.

Topics of study include:
  • Business Continuity
  • Emergency Action Plans
  • Emergency Response
  • Crisis Management
  • Management Practices
  • Agency Coordination
  • Training Methods
  • Evolution of Emergency Management
Online Graduate Certificate in

Emergency Management Courses

HLS 800 Foundations of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
Organization, missions and critical issues in US homeland security and emergency management. Focuses on developing professional skills in critical thinking, policy analysis and ethics.
HLS 830 Natural Hazards and Threats to the Nation
Description and analysis of significant hazards and threats to national security, and community safety, such as disasters, catastrophes, accidents, epidemics, technological failures and terrorism.
HLS 831 Evolution in Emergency Management
Current practices of emergency management evolved through governmental reactions to disasters that helped shape current emergency management practices, policy, administrative changes and historical context for the changes.
HLS 835 Managing the Nation's Disasters
Public sector emergency preparedness and response and the associated laws, regulations, programs and practices.