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Emergency Management Certificate

The University of Central Missouri's Emergency Management Certificate provides the organizational and coordinationskills you'll need in preparing for, mitigating, responding to, and recovering from disasters – both natural and human-made.  Organizations that have emergency managers include county, state, and federal government, large universities, large corporations. 


You can earn this 12 hour certificate in one year.  See the Calendar of Elective/Certificate Course Offerings.


Earn this as a stand alone certificate, or as part of the Bachelor of Science in Crisis & Disaster Management.

The diverse students enrolled in CDM have a strong desire to make a difference in the world. Some have experience in public safety, fire, or emergency medical services, while others have experience in business, service or hospitality. Many have connections to volunteer organizations and public service organizations. 
Students choose this program because they want to build their knowledge base, develop skills, and practice what they are learning through community service learning opportunities. To be successful in this program and successful after graduation it is critical that you develop outstanding interpersonal skills and a broad knowledge base in the social sciences in addition to technical knowledge and skills that have been tested through years of public service.

The courses offered in Crisis and Disaster Management are designed for:

  • Public safety personnel (emergency management, fire, police, EMS, and dispatchers)
  • Institutional emergency planners (schools, hospitals, and facilities)
  • Community service providers (Red Cross, relief organizations, and disaster recovery)
  • Industrial emergency responders (fire, rescue, and hazardous materials)
  • Business continuity planners (banking, corporations, insurance, and manufacturing)

Learning Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the certificate, you will be able to:

  1. Identify all the essential components of an emergency management plan;
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the administrative role of the emergency manager;
  3. Define vulnerability and resiliency and the individual and community factors that contribute to both;
  4. Understand the definitions and differences between emergencies, disasters, and catastrophes as well as their societal impacts; 
  5. Understand the difference between an all hazards approach and the hazards unique approach to catastrophe readiness and response;
  6. Discuss the impact of historical, cultural, and societal context, including non-U.S., on the understanding of catastrophes and their impacts.

Courses available online and on campus.



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