New York Medical College

School of Health Sciences and Practice

Graduate Certificate In Emergency Preparedness Course Descriptions


EMS 6016 Fundamentals of Emergency Preparedness

This course is designed to teach the student the basic principles of emergency management and how they apply to all hazards, including those due to disasters, terrorism, and public health emergencies. The student is shown how the discipline of emergency preparedness applies science and technology, planning, risk analysis, and management in dealing with large and complex events; events that have the potential to cause significant morbidity and mortality, extensive damage to property, as well as to the economic and physical infrastructure of communities. Lastly, the student is shown how the preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery phases apply to these events.

EMS 6017 Emergency Preparedness for Acts of Terrorism

Acts of terrorism present unique threats to communities. Students are shown the approaches to planning for and responding to acts of terrorism, including those that are chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive. The concept of hazard and risk vulnerability as it applies to terrorism is presented. Also discussed is how the threat of terrorism has affected emergency preparedness and the approach taken to terrorism preparedness at the local, state, national, and international level.

EMS 6018 Emergency Preparedness for Natural Disasters and Complex Humanitarian Emergencies

This course explores the unique aspects of both natural disasters and complex humanitarian emergencies. In addition, the challenges faced by public health emergency practitioners are presented. The student is taught how to apply comprehensive emergency management to these events. Information from recent national and international events is presented and discussed.

EMS 6019 Public Health Emergency Preparedness

This course explores the roles, responsibilities, and perspectives of public health in times of natural disasters,terrorism, and public health emergencies. It builds upon material covered in the preceding courses. The student is taught how emergency preparedness principles can be applied to public health preparedness. The course covers the role of public health in disasters and terrorism. It discusses how emergency preparedness is applied to public health emergencies and complex humanitarian emergencies.

EMS 7092 Seminar in Applied Emergency Preparedness

The purpose of this course is to provide the student with the opportunity to synthesize and integrate the knowledge and skills learned in previous emergency preparedness course work. Students will gain insight in the practical application of emergency management principles and practice in a variety of settings. The course examines the application of emergency management in both the public and private sector as well as provides perspectives on emergency preparedness as a profession. Lectures are designed to be discussion-based and provide the student with global insight into the practice of multi-disciplinary emergency management. This course is open only to on-campus students admitted to the certificate in emergency preparedness who are not also enrolled in an MPH degree program. MPH students will complete the capstone course or thesis on an emergency preparedness topic.

Emergency Preparedness Graduate Certificate Comprehensive Examination – on-line students only

This is a proctored comprehensive exam that covers all required certificate course core areas of knowledge. Students must earn a minimum score of 80% to complete this degree requirement. A reading list as well as more details regarding content will be available upon registration for the examination.