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Homeland Security/Emergency Management

The Certificate in Homeland Security and Emergency Management offers students an in-depth understanding of the issues and concerns surrounding homeland security and emergency management. The certificate also provides students with practical solutions in the management of natural and unnatural threats and emergency events. Upon completion of the certificate, students will be better equipped to lead their agency, department, organization, company, and community in the preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation of both natural and manmade disasters.

  • This certificate is offered by the School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
  • Students must complete the following five required courses (15 credit hours) before being awarded the Certificate in Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
  • Students must meet the regular Indiana University admission requirements.
  • Courses are eight weeks in length and offered by the School of Public and Environmental Affairs through the ACCELerated Evening College in hybrid format, meaning 50 percent of weekly instruction will be face-to-face and 50 percent via the Web.

Certificate Requirements


SPEA J278 - Principles and Practices in Homeland Security

An examination of the basic operations, functions, and issues involved in securing our homeland from domestic and international threats including possible threats and proactive and reactive measures against such threats.

SPEA J387 - Foundations of Homeland Security

An examination of the theory and research driving homeland security and emergency management measures and an analytical look at the practices and principles of homeland security from an empirical perspective.

SPEA V272 - Terrorism and Public Policy

Survey of the incidence of terrorism in democratic societies, with particular emphasis on public policy responses designed to combat terrorism in cities. Overviews of ongoing conflicts with terrorist organizations in various countries are interspersed with analysis of significant terrorist events and public policies and responses such events create.

SPEA V275 - Introduction to Emergency Management

An examination of the background and nature of the profession, the central theoretical debates concerning natural and human-induced disasters, mitigating and reacting to these catastrophic events, and the major roles and responsibilities of emergency managers. Current practical problems and future directions will be explored.

SPEA V387 - Public Administration and Emergency Management

An examination of the American federal system and how it affects policy making and emergency management. Topics include government programs, participation of agencies and actors from all three levels of government, the nonprofit sector, and the private sector. Administrative processes involved in managing major hazards and disasters will be presented.

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