Emergency and Disaster Management

Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts in Emergency and Disaster Management (EDM) 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, as well as 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 recognized by the Foundation of Higher Education for Disaster and Emergency Management and Homeland Security. The university is the first online institution to receive this important distinction.

The curriculum for this online bachelor’s program is 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

Courses in this program are 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.

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.

Degree at a Glance

Admission Requirements

  • All undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • New undergraduate students may be asked to complete our College Readiness Assessment (ADMN100). If you have successfully completed 9 or more hours of college credit, you may reach out to your admission representative to inquire about waiving this requirement.
  • If you have previous college experience, you will be asked to submit your transcripts from previous schools where you earned academic credit.
  • There is no fee to complete our admission application. View steps to apply.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an admission representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.