Online, Statewide, and Education Innovation2021-2022

Public Administration and Justice Studies

Interdisciplinary Studies - Emergency Management 90-30, Bachelor

Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement

The purpose of the Emergency Management Program is to provide an outstanding education in the broad-based, interdisciplinary and expanding field of emergency management.  All communities are vulnerable to disaster, and emergency management professionals, be it full-time emergency managers or those assuming emergency management responsibilities along with their primary scope of duty, work to protect their communities from emergency events.  The Emergency Manager integrates the activities of community stakeholders to effectively prevent, prepare for, protect and mitigate disasters, and when a disaster strikes, to respond and recover.   In essence, practitioners of emergency management, regardless of whether they work in the public, private or non-profit sectors, act as stage managers, arranging the set and putting the pieces in place to allow first responders to effectively respond to emergencies.  Students studying emergency management at Northern Arizona University receive a strong foundation in this critically important area, thus enhancing their employment prospects, and strengthening their capacity to make vital contributions to their communities and the Nation.
In order to foster students’ success as emergency management practitioners, NAU’s Emergency Management Program emphasizes experiential learning by linking theory to specific professional situations and scenarios.  In addition, the Program focuses on vital emergency management components, including the phases of emergency management, Homeland Security, Incident Management Systems, emergency management and homeland security exercise design, development, conduct and evaluation planning, emergency management grants and administration and a basic understanding of the public sector environment, including ethics, in the context of the emergency management field.
Students will discover that NAU’s Emergency Management faculty make the difference!  They are a select group of caring, dedicated and knowledgeable faculty who possess years of relevant professional emergency management and public/private sector experience, including current and former City, County and State Emergency Managers, Emergency Management Preparedness Managers and Counterterrorism Specialists.  In addition faculty hold numerous emergency management certifications, such as Certified Emergency Manager and Master Exercise Practitioner. 

Student Learning Outcomes

Communication Skills
  • Students will be able to provide logically coherent pieces of written work
  • Students will be able to effectively organize and orally deliver content based on audience and purpose
Emergency Management
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate in an effective manner
  • Apply and/or practice critical thinking in coursework
  • Provide relevant examples of ethical concepts in the public sector
  • Comprehend the importance of leadership, and demonstrate the knowledge and ability to model leadership skills in the public sector
  • Apply and integrate the principles and practices of emergency management by describing activities and/or concepts associated with the phases of emergency management:  prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery
  • Describe the budgeting process in the public sector

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