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18 credit hours
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisite: DEM 5050
The main purpose of this course is to introduce students to quantitative and qualitative methods for conducting meaningful inquiry and research. They will gain an overview of research intent and design, methodology and technique, format and presentation, and data management and analysis informed by commonly used statistical methods. The course will develop each student’s ability to use this knowledge to become more effective as disaster and emergency manager leaders.
Students will review the ecological, sociological, environmental, and general health effects of disasters, natural and man-made. The course will explore the interprofessional roles and responsibilities of professionals, paraprofessionals, and volunteers in all-hazards emergency planning, response, mitigation, and recovery. Students will gain insights into all-hazards preparedness within the health system, community, and state and local agencies.
Development of preparedness plans and response strategies is an important element of emergency management. In this course, students will be introduced to the variety of preparedness plans that are commonly used. Because agreements, personnel, vendors, etc. often change, or exercises reveal gaps in a plan, they must be constantly updated. Once students are familiar with the types of plans that are used, they will learn to critically assess and evaluate existing plans. Students will be required to develop a plan or annex as a final project for this course.
Credit Hours: 3*
Prerequisite: 24 degree-qualifying credits
This is a culminating capstone experience for all M.S. students. With faculty approval, students will select a community-based project for a practicum in an emergency preparedness site or facility. The student is expected to acquire the skills and experience in the application of emergency preparedness. Students in the practicum must complete a comprehensive written paper and final oral presentation to the DEM faculty.
One course (three credit hours) must be chosen from the Management and Leadership cluster.
The application of effective leadership techniques and behaviors that influence is a valued skill set that emergency preparedness professionals use to mobilize human resources. Understanding and responding to organizational behavior is a challenge that emergency managers routinely face. This course provides students with an understanding of various leadership and organizational theories in the context of emergency preparedness. Students will examine and develop a range of skills in a number of areas: the use of 21st Century Management theories and practice, Group Dynamics, Leadership and Influence, Conflict Management and the Dynamics of Positional Power and Authority. Students will acquire these skills through experiential learning, observation and practice while learning practical strategies for their application for personal and professional growth in the Emergency Preparedness discipline.
This course provides the student with an understanding of the techniques for in-house or on-site planning as well as community planning. Planning will be addressed from its position in the overall philosophy of Comprehensive Emergency Management. Regulatory requirements for planning will be covered. Sample plans will be developed.
Topics covered in this course include: program planning and management, financial planning and management, managing information, managing people and time, personality types, leadership styles, decision-making skills, team-building skills and group dynamics; community-building skills, intergovernmental relationships, negotiating skills, communications skills, emergency preparedness ethics, and professionalism.
This course will examine security challenges and responses that face a global society including airport, maritime, rail, and auto safety. This course will provide students with the opportunity to investigate security management in other countries in order to make a comparison to the U.S. security management systems.
One course (three credit hours) must be chosen from the Threats, Hazards and Impacts cluster.
This course will provide a basic understanding of the many different environmental hazards that can be associated with a variety of disasters and emergencies. Topics to be addressed include types of hazardous materials, their storage and transportation, hazardous waste, different types of physical, mechanical and agricultural environmental hazards. Basic standards and regulations will be examined. Students will learn to develop in-house and on-site emergency response contingency plans.
The student will review the key concepts, methods, and practices of modern risk management through a detailed exploration and evaluation of hazard identification, vulnerability assessment and risk analysis. Legal and political risk factors will be addressed.
This course will introduce the student to the dangers and impacts of natural disasters and terrorist attacks involving agricultural or food industry targets. The student will learn about potential targets, detection systems, vulnerability assessment, planning, and recovery.
Recommended: DEM 5050/PUH 5112/CJI 6121
This course will provide students with an understanding of pandemic influenza and other communicable diseases. Students will also be introduced to potential chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive weapons and will learn the expectations of preparations and response to a pandemic or CBRNE event.
18 Credit Hours
If student chooses a specialzation track, the student must take 4 courses from their chosen track, plus 2 additional courses selected from the entire curriculum, including courses from any track or from the management or threats clusters.
This course will focus on the psychological and behavioral health and psychological impacts of emergencies, disasters and terrorism on survivors, responders and communities. Topics will include identification and management of impacts and reactions, mental health systems and resources, Psychological First Aid (PFA), and considerations for vulnerable populations.
Students will be exposed to the strategies and methodologies in the exchange of information among stakeholders about the nature, magnitude, significance, or control of a risk. The course will focus on helping students to build trust and explain complexities to individuals and groups when emergencies arise.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisite: DEM 5011, DEM 5050
Introduction to the skills of grant writing in emergency preparedness. Each student will submit a completed grant application as a culminating experience. This course introduces students to grant development and preparation so that they can participate in the process of obtaining public or private funds to support research, education and/or service projects.
Prerequisite: DEM 5050
Leadership Topics is a course that will address current events or topics of special interest related to disaster and emergency preparedness. This is a didactic course rather than involving original research or a field experience.
This is an elective experience available for all M.S. DEM students. With faculty approval, students will select a community-based project for a practicum in an emergency preparedness site or facility. The student is expected to acquire the skills and experience in the application of emergency preparedness. This Elective Practicum is an option to apply credit to a disaster deployment or temporary work with an NGO, such as the American or International Red Cross. A comprehensive written report will be required upon completion of the field project.
In this course students will use a building block approach to exercise design that will ensure successful progression in exercise complexity and execution, and allow for appropriate training and preparation to occur in the community conducting the exercise. Additionally, students will incorporate various evaluation methods to facilitate the development of viable “After Action Reports” and “Improvement Plans.” By the end of the course students will have designed of the many different types of disaster exercises.
This course offers basic shipboard safety awareness, covering topics such as personal safety techniques and use of firefighting and other onboard equipment to protect one’s self, crew and vessel at sea.
Prerequisite: DEM 6210
Ship’s officers are responsible for the safety of their crew. This course will introduce the student to concepts such as crew leadership, target identification, the decision-making risk matrix, and safety drilling. Students will learn to develop a vessel safety plan.
This course will address the safety issues specific to the cruise and yachting industries. Topics will include keeping threats away from the vessel and protecting passenger’s lives and well-being.
In this course, students will learn how to address safety issues such as medical emergencies, oil spills, fires, or collisions while underway and at dockside. Students will learn to develop a contingency plan for a vessel taking into consideration such things as geographical area of operation, environmental conditions, and the proximity or suitability of both onshore and offshore facilities.
This course will provide a historical understanding of the development of the maritime industry and will include topics such as piracy, commerce, naval warfare, and improvement in naval architecture. The course will address these topics through a series of case studies.
This course introduces environmental politics and policy and examines the process through which environmental policy is generated. This course will also examine the stress place on the marine environment by global growth, economic development and modernization.
This track will be facilitated in partnership with NSU's College of Engineering and Computing.
This course provides the foundation for understanding the key issues associated with protecting information assets, determining the levels of protection and response to security incidents, and designing a consistent, reasonable information security system, with appropriate intrusion detection and reporting features. Students are exposed to the spectrum of security activities, methods, methodologies, and procedures. Coverage includes inspection and protection of information assets, detection of and reaction to threats to information assets, and examination of pre- and post-incident procedures, technical and managerial responses, and an overview of the information security planning and staffing functions. Reviews of past hacking, criminal, and terrorist (state and non-state) attacks on information networks are a component of this course.
Recommended: MIMIS 653
An overview of the technical aspects of information security. Issues discussed include authentication, confidentiality, access control, trust and non-repudiation. Investigation of fundamental assurance technologies that can be applied to interface specifications, architectures, and implementations of information security mechanisms. The selection of appropriate security applications, security lifecycles, and interoperability issues will also be covered.
This course examines the scope of cybercrime and its impact on today’s system of criminal justice. Topics to be studied include: cybercrime and the Bill of Rights, computer-based economic crime, electronic commerce, ethical challenges, and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Included will be an analysis of the legal considerations facing law enforcement and cybersecurity professionals who deal with the problems of discovering, investigating, and prosecuting cybercrime.
Students discuss, at length, the reliability and vulnerability of computer-based technologies, biometrics, and security technologies. Included are case analyses of external (hacking) and internal (man-in-the-middle) attacks on government and private cyber communications systems.
A course in statistics particularly geared to pattern analysis, information continuity, and data recovery. Inferential and descriptive techniques for decision analysis are included. This course uses a variety of data bases associated with business, census, terrorism, and crime statistics from which students conduct research projects. Personal computers with fundamental software programs such as Excel, SPSS or SAS are necessary for students to complete this course.
In partnership with NSU’s Criminal Justice Institute
This course provides an overview of the history, principles and organizational structure of the Incident Command System (ICS), and will identify the core components of the ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS). Topics will include communication, pre-and post-mitigation planning, operational concepts, prioritization of target capabilities, and development of an Incident Response Plan (IRP).
Alternate Course: CJI 6123
This course will emphasize “disaster resistant communities” and will provide information on preparing and developing partnerships within the community. Regardless of the nature of the incident, intentional or non-intentional, law enforcement may be charged with enforcing public health orders, securing contaminated areas and health facilities, providing protection and support for the transportation of national stockpiles, and control of civil unrest. Resources may be overwhelmed and the ability to respond will depend on preparation and partnerships within the community.
Alternate Course: CJI 6124
This course is designed to address interdisciplinary roles in preparation and post disaster community health among families and children. The course will focus on the impact of a disaster on health and family, dissemination of health information and guides to family emergency planning. Topics will include: best practice of methods and evaluations of the impact of disaster on health and family; dissemination of health information; guides to family emergency planning; and avenues for public health and safety disciplines to interface with health management organizations.
Alternate Course: HCP 6104
This course will address relevant state and federal statutes which affect emergency preparedness. Students will explore the legal implications of mitigation and preparedness efforts and will also become familiar with legal resources available for future reference and research.
This course addresses one of the core competencies required of leaders in times of disasters and emergencies—namely, conflict management. Conflict is inevitable in times of crisis, and this course addresses conflict styles, conflict management techniques, communication skills that contribute to effective conflict resolution, and how to bring a strategic approach to managing conflict to support disaster response and recovery.
This track is in partnership with the Public Health Program in NSU’s Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Course Hours: 3
Recommended: PUH 5301
This course will examine the fundamentals of epidemiology including basic concepts in epidemiology concerning the distribution and determinants of disease frequency in human populations and their investigation. Using a case-based approach, students will use the basic principles and methods of epidemiological investigation to assess the short-term and long-term effects of disasters and to predict consequences of future disasters. This course will address topics areas including basic demography, measures of disease frequency, disease screening and surveillance, descriptive and analytical study design and sources of error in investigations.
This course will identify the at-risk and vulnerable populations and discuss how each of these groups is affected in times of disaster. In addition, the course will address the special needs and emergency response efforts that must be considered for each of these groups.
This course will explore the pervasive relationship of public health in the emergency and disaster prevention, response and recovery environment. The course will emphasize the importance of the integration of public health in the development of effective emergency response contingencies to disasters.
This course provides an overview of the essential areas of public health including biostatistics; epidemiology; social and behavioral sciences; environmental and occupational health, and health policy, planning, and management.
This course focuses on the principles and reasoning underlying modern biostatistics and on specific inferential techniques commonly used in public health research. At course completion, students will be able to apply basic inferential methods in research endeavors, and improve their abilities to understand the data analysis of health-related research articles.
This course addresses global health problems and trends translated to the needs and demands of populations, as well as the socioeconomic and political impact on health delivery. The role of international health agencies will also be addressed.
This course will explore the role of the fire Department as a part of the emergency services and response community, as well as the greater community, during a disaster. The concept of risk-based decision-making for a more effective response during disasters or multiple casualty incidents will be addressed. Incident priorities, strategies, and tactics, as they relate to preparedness, planning, and incident management, as well as de-escalation of the response, will also be discussed.
Course Hours: 3
Investigates environmental and occupational factors that contribute to the development of health problems in industrialized and developed countries. Includes such topics as toxic substances, pests and pesticides, food quality, air and water pollution, solid and hazardous waste disposal, occupational hazards and injury prevention.
Cerdit Hours: 3
This course will introduce students to geographic information systems (GIS) to map and spatially analyze public health and demographic data. Students will learn the fundamentals of the ArcMap software system and ways to integrate cartography into biomedical informatics practice. Beyond use of the GIS for cartography, this course will also examine ethical issues and methods of analyzing demographic and spatial health patterns using GIS and demography analysis methods. The versatility of GIS in public health setting will be examined and will include exercises involving GIS applications in health marketing, demography, epidemiology, and health care systems. For example, the course will look at how different socioeconomic groups use urban spaces differently in terms of transportation and how these differences in navigation impact contact points for health marketing. Other issues covered in the covered will be the ethics of GIS, manipulation of data, sources of data, and understanding some commonly used public health datasets such as the YRBS, BRFSS, and U.S. Census.
Public health informatics is the systematic application of information and computer science and technology to public health practice, research, and learning. This course focuses on developing the knowledge and skills of systemic application of information, computer science, and technology to public health practice. Students will acquire basic understanding of informatics in public health practice and be able to use some informatics tools in public health practices.
This course is an introductory seminar dealing with current and historical issues in American national security affairs. In the age of globalization and international terrorism it is imperative that we understand the history, topics, and concepts of national security affairs. The pursuit of security involves a wide range of both domestic and international activities that fall under the umbrellas of political, economic, and military relations and procedures. This course examines the history of American security, the workings of the American national security institutions and organizations, cooperative security systems like NATO and the United Nations, international institutions, political violence, terrorism, war, and both domestic and international law on security. On all these topics, this course will emphasize both theoretical and practical issues that will further the student's knowledge of American national security affairs.
This course analyzes terrorism from a number of perspectives including law enforcement (FBI), defense (DOD), and diplomatic (DOS) orientations in order to understand mitigation/prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery measures with regards to counterterrorism and antiterrorism. Individual (lone wolf) and group (Islamist) terrorist mindsets will be examined, as well as international and domestic domains.
This course examines the work of current and future managers in the federal intelligence and homeland security arenas. Students will be introduced to the various ways in which the social and behavioral sciences inform approaches to intelligence collection and analysis and how these scientific approaches can facilitate the goals of countering terrorism and hostile intelligence service actions. Specifically, the emerging field of-Futuristics will be explored in this context so that managers can forecast, manage and create preferable future outcomes for their agencies and the nation.