Online Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management and Disaster Resilience

Gain the knowledge to excel in emergency situations.

Earning a graduate-level emergency management and disaster resilience 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.

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Earn your certificate in 1 year or less.

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Complete coursework 100% online.

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

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

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Included among “America’s Top Colleges” for the seventh consecutive year.

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Included in U.S. News & World Report‘s annual listing of top colleges and universities.

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Ranked 9th as Top Online College for Occupational Safety Degrees.

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Designated as one of America’s most Veteran-Friendly campuses.

What can you do with an online Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management?

Study the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration. Examine what it takes to rise to the challenge of an emergency situation — whether natural or man-made.

When you study with us, you can learn how to:

  • 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

Topics of study include:

  • Business Continuity
  • Emergency Action Plans
  • Emergency Response
  • Crisis Management
  • Management Practices
  • Agency Coordination
  • Training Methods
  • Evolution of Emergency Management

Why Choose EKU Online?

EKU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), which means your education is held to the highest standards, just like you will be as a leader in your industry.

Online Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management Courses

HLS 800Foundations 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 830Natural 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 831Evolution of Emergency Management

Current practice 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 835Managing the Nation’s Disasters

Public sector emergency preparedness and response and the associated laws, regulations, programs and practices.