Northwestern Offers Emergency Management Threat Assessment Graduate Certificate

CHICAGO , May 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Current events such as hurricanes and terrorist attacks have affirmed the need to strengthen emergency management capabilities at the local and national level. To meet that need, Northwestern University is offering the first graduate certificate program in Chicago specifically designed to meet and exceed government and industry proficiencies.

The Emergency Management Threat Assessment program is designed to apply competencies that have been established by the National Emergency Manager's Association, the International Association of Emergency Managers, and the American Board for Certification in Homeland Security.

The focus on threat assessment and analysis along with emergency management skills training will position aspiring managers and working professionals to assume administrative leadership in all segments of the emergency management/homeland security industry.

Faculty members consist of successful leaders in business, public safety, public administration, security, and risk management. Students will be challenged to apply proven techniques for assessing, reducing, and managing vulnerabilities, as well as threats to critical infrastructures.

This program will address the needs of working adults in the field through a combination of in-classroom and online instruction. Students will be required to complete five courses including four core courses and one elective. The core classes will focus on emergency management planning, natural and man-made threat and vulnerability assessment. Electives will focus on contingency planning and response and recovery.

Program Outcomes

At the conclusion of the graduate certificate, students will have demonstrated expertise in:

Industry Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the demand for emergency management specialists will increase by nearly 23% by 2014. The School of Continuing Studies, in partnership with the Center for Public Safety, is committed to advancing excellence by leading the marketplace and setting the benchmark well above the rest in emergency management threat assessment.

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SOURCE Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies