Emergency and Disaster Management, BA

American Public University

The Bachelor of Arts in Emergency and Disaster Management offers a practical education designed to prepare you for a full spectrum of careers in emergency management and public safety. It introduces you to the all-hazards approach and provides an in-depth understanding of risk assessment, hazard identification, prevention and management techniques, the multiple phases of emergency and disaster management, and counterterrorism. It also covers the prevention, management, mitigation, and recovery from man-made and natural disasters. From the smallest incident to the largest catastrophe, our emergency and disaster management program stresses the fact that all disasters are local, which is a foundational emergency management concept.

This program is taught by highly credentialed and experienced instructors, many who are board-certified emergency managers (CEM) or who hold key positions in government agencies or national safety and security organizations.  This program is accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this program follows industry trends to help ensure relevancy to today's marketplace. View all courses.

Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

Identify the goals of disaster management from prevention/reduction of loss due to hazards, disasters, and emergencies.

Differentiate between response strategies for the various emergency and disaster incidents.

Examine the phases of the cycle of disasters.

Compare and contrast the roles and responsibilities of the individuals and agencies in an emergency and disaster incident.

Analyze factors and coping strategies involved in emergencies and disasters.

Demonstrate emergency and disaster preparedness from planning to recovery.

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