Online Concentration in Emergency Disaster Management

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100% Online: Concentration in Emergency Disaster Management

A concentration in Emergency Disaster Management is available to all programs except Environmental Emergency Management and Law Enforcement.

Concentration Highlights:

  • Increase your job readiness by learning additional skills necessary in today’s workplace, while working towards your undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies or Sustainable Business Management.
  • Concentrations appear on your transcript and diploma so future employers know what skills you’ve acquired. 
  • One-on-one academic and professional advising Our world-class faculty and trained staff strive to make your professional and academic goals a reality.
  • Unity College is an accredited institution by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).
  • Learn about emergency disaster management and how to protect the environment.
  • Study when and where you want and finish your degree while still working full-time.
  • Make professional connections with leaders in your field. 
  • Get job placement assistance through our career development department.
  • Eight start dates per year

To obtain this concentration, complete any four of the following courses:

COMM 403 Environmental Crisis Communication

This course introduces students to the key elements of crisis communication, including creating a plan before, during, and after a crisis. Since an organization’s reputation is one of its most valuable asset, effective crisis management helps preserve and defend the company’s reputation and maintain organization’s operations. This course explores aspects of crisis communications including typology of crises; history of crisis communications; theoretical basis for effective crisis response and communications; and crisis communications planning methodologies and strategies.

EMGT 203 Social Justice Issues in Emergency Management

The primary goal of social justice in emergency management is to ensure all groups have the opportunity to receive resources equitably. This course explores how issues like terrorism become racialized and explores an overview of inequity in how agencies and people respond to natural disasters.    

EMGT 301 Public Policy and Planning for Emergency Management and Law Enforcement

This course focuses on the role of local, state, and federal government in a time of disaster. Students will study key legislation related to disasters, disaster management, law enforcement, and how that legislation has impacted the profession.

EMGT 303 Planning and Responding to Natural Disasters

In this course, students will review and critique disaster plans and students will learn the components of effective disaster management across various jurisdictions.

EMGT 307 Planning and Responding to Cyberthreats and Terrorism

Students learn the history, methods, and philosophy of terrorism, with an emphasis on how governments and law enforcement agencies plan and respond to terrorism and cyberthreats. Students read case studies that explore terrorist activities and the implications for emergency response.

EMGT 403 Implementation of Emergency Management: Simulation and Exercises

The goal of this course is to prepare students to create and implement their own emergency management simulation. By the end of the course, students will be able to describe the benefits of exercise management, define the parameters and process of the simulation, describe the different phases of exercise management such as planning, conduct, post-review, and explain how to select the appropriate exercise

ENCJ 201 Law Enforcement and Emergency Management in the Age of Globalization

This course introduces students to the United States criminal justice system in the age of globalization. Students will develop a general understanding of the criminal justice system’s response to crime and how the processes of globalization is changing it. It is an introductory overview of local, state, and federal law enforcement, judicial and corrections agencies, and the criminal justice system processes. Special attention will be paid to the role criminal justice agents play in environmental issues and problems. The course prepares students to take more advanced courses that address the specific components of environmental criminal justice.

ENCJ 305 Natural Resource Law and Policy

This survey course addresses not only the creation and management of our natural and wildlife resources on federal public lands, with a focus on the National Parks, National Forests, and the National Resource Lands (Bureau of Land Management (BLM) regulated lands), but also including the National Wildlife Refuge System and the National Wilderness Preservation System. Students will learn how interest groups, citizens, and the courts influence the management of natural resources on these lands. After taking the class, students should be familiar with the major public land legislation such as the National Forest and National Park “Organic Acts” and the Wilderness Act; as well as laws that affect our public lands, but apply more broadly, including the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. Through class work and their papers, students will also be familiar with different perspectives on some of the most important current issues facing our public lands.

ENCJ 401 Environmental Compliance and Regulation

Organizations that produce, import, process, handle, or release chemical substances are required by Federal law to comply with many regulatory programs that are implemented by the EPA. This course introduces students to the Federal laws and regulations that apply to environmental compliance and regulation. Upon completion of this course, students develop an understanding of the regulatory process, how specific materials and activities are regulated, and develop the skills necessary for applying EPA’s standards to operations.

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