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Emergency Management and Disaster Recovery


The ability to respond effectively to natural, human-caused and technology-related disasters is essential to keeping populations safe, mitigating losses, and ensuring the continuity of essential services and business operations. Aging infrastructures, climate change, population growth, scarce natural resources, terrorist and active shooter scenarios, and sophisticated cyber-crime all contribute to the rapidly expanding need for individuals who are skilled at preventing, responding, mitigating and recovering from a wide variety of threats. The Emergency Management and Disaster Recovery Specialized Studies certificate prepares professionals to enter or advance their career in this rewarding and high job demand field.

Who Should Enroll

The program is for individuals who wish to enter this exciting field and those already in the field looking to enhance their professional credentials with applicable knowledge and practical skills. The certificate is valuable for government employees, first responders and private sector professional who are or wish to become more skilled in emergency management, disaster recovery and business continuity. The program is also ideal for military personal transitioning to civilian careers, facilities and human resource managers, and recent college graduates. The program is also valuable for individual citizens who wish to become effective members of an emergency response team.

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Occupational summary for emergency management directors in the US.

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(Highly experienced workers can earn up to $141k)

Program Benefits

  • Build skills and knowledge that are essential when preparing, mitigating, responding and recovering from a wide variety of possible disasters
  • Become an effective member of an emergency response team
  • Have the confidence to take action in a crisis based on established models and practices
  • Learn practical knowledge from experts in the field
  • Create effective response plans for a variety of emergencies and disasters
  • Understand the relationships between local, state and federal agencies including the Department of Homeland Security during a disaster
  • Create hazard and risk analysis plans
  • Create an incident management report to prevent future re-occurrences
  • Enhance your knowledge of risk and threat assessments, prepare emergency plans, manage response, and develop and implement recovery plans
  • Learn how to apply the regulations, standards and tools that govern emergency management, such as Standard Event Management Systems (SEMS), National Incident Management Systems (NIMS), and the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA 1600) National Preparedness Standard
  • Build a business continuity plan
  • Learn how to reduce and/or eliminate long term risks and hazards

Course Schedule

Required Courses

Principles of Emergency Management (3.00 Units)
Emergency Management: Business Continuity Planning (1.50 Units)
    to be scheduled  
Disaster Response and Recovery (3.00 Units)
Disaster Mitigation (1.50 Units)
      to be scheduled
The Social Impacts of Disasters (3.00 Units)

Course schedules are subject to change. Individual courses may be taken without enrolling in the full certificate.

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Specialized Studies Award Requirements

To earn the specialized studies award, students must complete a minimum of 9 units (90 hours) of required courses with a grade of “C” or better in each course. To receive the digital certificate after completing all program requirements, students must submit a Request for Certificate with a non-refundable $35 application fee. All requirements must be completed within 5 years after the student enrolls in his/her first course. Students not pursuing a specialized studies award are welcome to take as many individual courses as they wish.

Advisory Committee

  • Michelle Anderson, Deputy Director, Emergency Management Division, County of Orange, Sheriff Department, Emergency Management Division
  • Lily Bui, PhD, Urban Studies & Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Todd De Voe, Director, Emergency Management at Titan Health & Security Technologies, Inc.
  • Mary Jo Flynn-Nevins, MS, CEM, Emergency Operations Coordinator, Sacramento County OES
  • Justin Mammen, Emergency Response and Security Services Manager, Superior Course of California, County of Orange
  • Randy Styner, Director of Emergency Management, University of California, Irvine

On-site Training Available

Our Corporate Training specialists can deliver this program or customize one that fits your organization’s specific needs. Visit Corporate Training or call (949) 824-1847 for information.

English Proficiency Requirement
All certificate programs at UCI Division of Continuing Education (classroom and online formats) require professional-level English language proficiency in listening and note-taking, reading comprehension and vocabulary, written expression, and oral presentation.

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