Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management

Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management

The demand upon first-responders and agencies in our world of natural and man-made disasters has never been greater, and the need for experienced professionals to mitigate the chaos is increasing as a result.

The field of emergency management integrates all activities related to building, sustaining, and improving the preparation for, response to, and recovery from threatened or actual natural disasters and acts of terrorism. This includes proactive leadership in unpredictable, catastrophic, and dangerous situations to minimize risk to responders and the public.

This unique program includes:

  • Applications in homeland security, business continuity, hazard mitigation, and international disaster management
  • An opportunity to draw on experience from public administration, management, health sciences, psychology, sociology, criminal justice, and environmental sciences

Barry University understands the needs of the adult learner:

  • Classes meet once per week for 8 weeks (evenings or Saturday) or fully online
  • Earn up to 30 college credits from learning acquired through professional work experience and/or community service
  • Transfer previous college credits from accredited institutions
  • Financial aid and grants available for eligible learners (Ask about our financial worksheet to see how affordable a Barry degree is compared with a state university)
  • Personal and professional academic advising

Barry is a military friendly institution

Course Descriptions

Administration Prefix: ADM

ADM 353 – Leadership Development
This course explores current leadership theory and practice. Emphasis is on both understanding and developing effective leadership approaches for contemporary work environments.

Emergency Management Prefix: EMA

EMA 205 – Overview of Disasters and Complex Emergencies
This course presents the complete spectrum of natural and human-generated disasters, humanitarian crises, and complex emergencies. The sequence from hazard to harm is examined for each type of disaster. Disaster consequences are compared and contrasted across types of disasters.

EMA 305 – Principles of Emergency Management
This course provides a broad introduction to emergency management. The course presents expert-consensus principles of emergency management, describes each of the four phases of emergency management, describes the incident command system, and introduces the US National Response Framework.

EMA 307 – Business Continuity Crisis Management
This course presents principles of emergency planning to maintain business operations when disaster threatens or strikes. It describes the pre-event continuity planning, event-phase plan implementation, and post-impact restoration of business operations to minimize disaster’s impact on the organization.

EMA 311 – Emergency Management for Homeland Security
This course examines the distinguishing features of emergency management when focused on the threat of terrorism across all phases of the disaster cycle. Using National Planning Scenarios, students adapt and apply emergency management skills to a broad spectrum of potential terrorist threats.

EMA 315 – International Disaster Management
This course describes the key elements of international disaster management including the actors, the time-phased response activities, and the coordination and monitoring of multi-sectorial operations. The course considers how development, culture, and politics influence the international disaster response.

EMA 405 -- Disaster Response Operations and Management I (DROM I): Mitigation and Preparedness
This course explores two of the four emergency management phases: prevention/ mitigation and preparedness. The role of comprehensive emergency management planning and programming is delineated for each of these phases.

EMA 407 – Disaster Response Operations and Management II (DROM II): Response and Recovery
This course explores two of the four emergency management phases: response and recovery. The role of comprehensive emergency management planning and programming is delineated for each of these phases.

EMA 409 – Hazard Mitigation and Management
This course amplifies the principles of hazard management by applying the four-stage mitigation planning cycle and multi-hazard identification and risk assessment (MHIRA) methodologies to analysis of a comprehensive array of disaster scenarios. For each scenario, strategies and tactics are identified to prevent or minimize disaster risks to the community.

EMA 499 – Capstone in Emergency Management
This course provides a thorough review of all theories, techniques, and management practices within the field of emergency management. It is designed for students to integrate and synthesize the learning experiences acquired in the Emergency Management program, including those tools required by an administrator in the emergency management field, thus demonstrating proficiency in the field. Pre-requisites: Completion of Required /Core EMA courses or permission from Academic Coordinator.

Philosophy Prefix: PHI

PHI 352 – Ethical Issues in Biomedical Sciences
This course provides an interdisciplinary investigation of current ethical issues in the medical and biological sciences. It develops moral reasoning through philosophical reflection on major problems in biomedical ethics, such as allocation of resources, medical experimentation, genetic engineering, euthanasia, reproductive issues, and confidentiality.

Psychology Prefix: PSY

PSY 311 – Psychosocial Issues of Disaster Preparedness and Recovery
This course surveys ethical, cultural, developmental, and research related issues affecting the physical and psychosocial recovery of disaster-exposed individuals and communities.

PSY 410 – Group Dynamics and Decision-Making
An exploration of group intimacy, solidarity of group problem-solving, the individual within the group, leadership development (who is involved and how leaders are chosen), and splinter group formations.

Public Administration Prefix: PUB

PUB 404 -- Concepts and Issues in Public Planning
The classic management function of planning will be reviewed in its state and local government contexts. Emphasis will be placed on planning for growth management and on strategic planning in public decision-making.

PUB 409 – Contemporary Issues in Public Safety
Issues of public safety which are addressed by state and local government will be studied in this course. The traditional roles of public safety will be studied, e.g., fire prevention and suppression, emergency medical practice and emergency transportation, police protection, patrol, and community policing. Issues such as contracting with other organizations, creation of public safety departments and collective bargaining in public safety are examples of those which will be addressed.