New York Medical College

School of Health Sciences and Practice

Graduate Certificate In Emergency Preparedness Course Descriptions


EPREP 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.

EPREP 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.

EPREP 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.

EPREP 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.

EPREP 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. Prerequisites: All preceding EPREP courses. All distance education certificate only students or students who are pursuing the certificate as part of their MPH studies will complete the EPREP Seminar course or Capstone course (HPM 7096) with the approval of the Program Director.


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