Graduate Certificate in Environmental Hazard Mitigation and Restoration



    • Number of Credits
    • 18
    • Cost Per Credit
    • $ 325
    • Total Tuition*
    • $ 5,850
  • *(Before Transfer Credit)

Program Description

The Certificate in Environmental Hazard Mitigation and Restoration is a unique blend of the disciplines of emergency and disaster management and environmental science and restoration. The Certificate is designed to provide the student a solid foundation in emergency response and mitigation, with an emphasis on environmental restoration and recovery. Students are introduced to response and recovery functions, the mitigation process, and restoration of damaged lands or habitat. Additionally, the Certificate introduces participants to the various disciplines that work collaboratively in an integrated emergency management and recovery operation. Students completing the certificate program will apply the knowledge gained to practical situations and scenarios that integrate the disciplines of emergency response, hazard mitigation, and environmental restoration and recovery.

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Program Objectives

Upon completion of this certificate, the student will be able to:

  • Define the principles of ecological restoration and hazard mitigation.
  • Analyze the complex and dynamic interactions between humans and their environment.
  • Explain the role of government policy at municipal, regional, national, and global levels to achieve sustainable natural disaster response and environmental mitigation.
  • Apply theoretical concepts of emergency and disaster management planning to complex environmental problems and issues.
  • Apply principles of ecological restoration in the post-disaster environment.
  • Critically analyze complex and often competing social, environmental, and economic interests in developing hazard mitigation and restoration plans.
Certificate Requirements
18 Hours
Must take all Courses:
Emergency and Disaster Theory
3 hours

This course establishes the theoretical foundation that enables the study and understanding of what constitutes ‘disaster’ as a part of the human condition and experience. Students are given a basic understanding of scientific concepts such as fact, theory, and hypothesis. These are then illustrated by analysis and case studies provided by renowned thinkers and writers in the field of emergency and disaster management. Students leave the class with a quality theoretical foundation from which to conduct all of their future master’s-level work.

Emergency and Disaster Planning and Management
3 hours

This is a survey course that is designed to introduce students to the concepts of emergency management. Topics covered include the history of the field, hazard analysis, mitigation, planning, communication, response, recovery, and terrorism. Students conduct interview research with an emergency manager and conduct a site visit of an emergency operations center. Students can use this course to springboard into advanced topics within the field as offered by other courses, and is a great place for students to begin their emergency management degree programs.

Environmental Policy, Regulation, and Law
3 hours

This course is a study of the major legal, regulatory, and policy framework that encompasses environmental programs and projects in the United States and with international political, commercial, and non-governmental institutions. The primary learning approach used in this course will be case studies.

Global Environmental Change
3 hours

The study and consideration of global environmental and climate change are of increasing significance to society. In this course, students will examine the evidence for and causes of global environmental change and will analyze potential impacts on environmental policy and society. Emphasis will be on the implications of environmental change for environmental managers, including management decision-making, the adequacy of the current regulatory framework in addressing these problems, and the effect on future policy and legislation.

Choose 6 Credit Hours from the following:
Hazard Mitigation and Resilient Communities
3 hours

This course provides an overview of what is known about natural hazards, disasters, recovery, and mitigation, how research findings have been translated into policies and programs; and a sustainable hazard mitigation research agenda. The course also provides an examination of past disaster losses and hazards management over the past 50 years, including factors--demographic, climate, social--that influence loss.

Restoration Ecology
3 hours

This course will examine the concept of restoration ecology, which employs science, applied techniques, and environmental design principles to restore ecological processes and biological communities on disturbed, degraded, or altered landscapes. Students will conduct scientific study and explore techniques used in restoring endangered species, native prairie, rare plants, riparian areas, streams, rivers, lakes, wetlands, watersheds, woodlands, and wildlife habitat. Course Objectives: • Explain the philosophy, scientific foundation, and challenges of restoration ecology. • Apply the principles of restoration ecology through the development of a detailed restoration plan. • Analyze habitat requirements, ecosystem function, and anthropocentric influences to determine the restoration approach for a species or population. • Assess the various scales of restoration (organism to landscape) to develop a holistic approach to ecosystem restoration and management. • Analyze the impacts and threat of climate change on ecosystems.

Environmental Toxicology
3 hours

This course presents an introduction to the dynamics of ecosystems and the effects of toxic substances on its living and nonliving components, and incorporating human health issues and concerns. Students will examine the regulatory framework for environmental contaminants issues and detail the federal regulations, policies, and guidelines under which current environmental remediation is done. A key aspect of the course will be the application of risk assessment principles through case studies to gain an understanding of how to develop remediation plans and restoration alternatives that meet or exceed established regulatory guidelines.

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