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Emergency and Disaster Management

Bachelor of Arts

With this Momentum program, instead of attending classes, you’ll work with faculty mentors to demonstrate your mastery in one competency area and move to the next until you complete your degree. Learn more about Momentum.

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.

Note: This program does not qualify for Federal Student Aid.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this online bachelor’s program is regularly reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • Research methods with writing and analytical skills
  • Emergency management, including responses and recovery
  • Emergency planning, operations, and post-incident analysis
  • Emergency and disaster incident command
  • Natural disaster management principles and training
  • Chemical, biological, and radiological hazards
  • Emergency medical services special operations
  • Public policies, disaster psychology, and meteorology
  • Emergency response to terrorism
  • Chemistry and history of explosive ordinances

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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.

Concentrations

Concentrations are designed to help you group courses together so you can further specialize in your field and pursue a more focused path to degree completion. You will be asked to select a concentration when you enroll in this program.

Explore the concentrations available for this program.

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Admission Requirements

  • All APU undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • All Momentum programs require an associate degree or higher from an accredited college. If you do not have an associate degree, please contact an admissions representative to learn about other options for degree completion.
  • You will be asked to submit your transcripts from previous schools where you earned academic credit.
  • There is no fee to complete the APU admission application. View steps to apply.

Please be prepared to submit a legible copy of your valid government-issued photo ID (civilian students) or government issued JST or CCAF transcript (military students) upon request.  

An APU admissions representative will contact you with further details about how to submit the required documentation after you complete the enrollment application.

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Momentum

Why study material you already know? With our Momentum option, you can focus on learning new competencies at your pace. We’ll work with you to apply your current knowledge and develop your personalized learning plan and course resources. Instead of attending classes, you’ll master new subject areas and move directly into the next without waiting for a new term to begin, with subject matter experts and a faculty mentor guiding you along the way.

Momentum programs are ideal if you’re highly motivated, have some expertise in your subject area, and can commit to 16-20 hours per week to your studies.

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Momentum Pricing

Momentum programs are priced at a flat rate of $2,500 per 16-week term. This means, the more competencies you complete each term, the more you can save on the total cost of your degree. To make this cost effective, we recommend you complete no less than 15 competencies per term. At this time, Momentum programs are not eligible for financial aid including military TA or veterans benefits. You will be asked to pay the $2,500 with a credit card or check when you register for each term.

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Program Competencies

COLL300 - Research, Analysis, and Writing

EDMG101 - Introduction to Emergency Management

HLSS302 - Introduction to Homeland Security and Defense

SCIN137 - Introduction to Meteorology with Lab

EDMG220 - Emergency Planning

EDMG230 - Emergency and Disaster Incident Command

HLSS211 - Emergency Response to Terrorism

EDMG240 - Chemistry of Hazardous Materials

  • EDMG240A - Chemical Families

    Identify the major chemical families and individual chemicals, and describe the potential hazards and reactions associated with each.

  • EDMG240B - Hazardous Materials

    Describe the hazards associated with each of the following: explosives, compressed gases, flammable materials, poisons, toxic materials, and radiation.

  • EDMG240C - Material Safety Data Sheets

    Describe the information on hazardous chemical products required on Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).

HLSS212 - Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Hazards

EDMG259 - Hazard Mitigation and Preparedness

EDMG320 - Natural Disaster Management

HLSS311 - Border and Coastal Security

HLSS312 - Port Security

EDMG321 - Social Media Application to Emergency and Disaster Management

EDMG330 - Managerial Issues in Hazardous Materials

EDMG340 - Consequence Management

  • EDMG340A - Terrorism

    Compare and contrast the various definitions of terrorism.

  • EDMG340B - CBRNE Agents

    Describe the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) agents and the public health consequences of each.

  • EDMG340C - Management of CBRNE Incidents

    Identify the current measures in place in your region for emergency planning and response along with the emerging detection and management technologies currently available to emergency managers/responders for CBRNE incidents.

EDMG420 - Risk Communications

PBHE413 - Special Operations in Emergency Medical Services

PBHE426 - Quarantine

PSYC431 - Psychology of Disaster