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Emergency Management

South Carolina was the only state that did not offer emergency management training. Now, Clemson University offers such training to emergency management professionals. The 15-credit specialization includes one of the MPA core classes and four courses that build around the four phases of emergency management, Preparation, Response, Recovery & Mitigation. Each semester will include at least one emergency management course and one Homeland Security course, among the other MPA courses that may be of interest.

We are striving to prepare Emergency Management professionals for their desired professional credentials. Courses offered will be determined, in part, through the requests of state emergency management associations and affiliated groups.Students in this specialization often take coursework in Homeland Defense and Security to supplement their academic program.

Courses Include:

Fundamentals of Emergency Management – PADM 8510
This class presents holistic concepts of emergency management. Students examine public and private sector utilization of emergency management. The course will focus on gaining a practical understanding of the concepts, tools and relationships necessary to provide emergency management to an entity.

Homeland Security and Emergency Management Law – PADM 8530
Examine the legal aspects of homeland security through identification and study of controlling constitutional, stator and case authorities. Four groups (national security entities, domestic security entities, emergency managers and the military including National Guard) will be studies in both pre- and post- September 11, 2001 contexts.

Emergency Management Planning and Preparation – PADM 8520
This course is the study of hazard mitigation and response through planning and preparation for emergency management. An environmental approach to the understanding of natural and man-made disasters, risk reduction, and hazard mitigation is utilized to study the common types of disasters, assessment of disaster probabilities, emergency planning for disaster hazard mitigation, and emergency planning and response for disaster events.

Resilience in Disaster Recovery – PADM 8780 (Special Topics)
This course provides a study of disaster resiliency. Disasters of all types present multiple social impacts on communities and populations hit by these disasters. Disaster response professionals use their knowledge of these social impacts to reduce the potential for extreme impacts before disasters occur and to assist communities in more efficient and effective recoveries. The concept of resiliency will be used to explore social impacts from disasters, along with strategies to enhance resiliency and reduce the impacts of the social dimensions of disasters.

Advanced Seminar in Emergency Management – PADM TBD