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Undergraduate Certificate in Emergency & Disaster Management

The Undergraduate Certificate in Emergency and Disaster Management is designed for undergraduate and entry-level emergency service personnel who wish to gain a basic understanding of emergency management. This certificate program will help to prepare students for careers in emergency management and public safety. The requirements for the certificate are four undergraduate courses in emergency management for a total of twelve (12) credit hours.

This certificate is offered in the five-week accelerated format. Classes meet one night per week for five weeks on the UIndy campus from 6–9:45 p.m.  


The following three required courses (9 credit hours) must be taken in sequential order.

Emergency management is the coordination and integration of activities necessary to build, sustain, and improve the capabilities to prepare for, respond to, recover from, or mitigate against hazards and/or disasters. It is a complex interaction of politics, public perception, and passion for doing what’s right, despite the obstacles. This course introduces students to common emergency management terms, programs, and policies at the local, state, and federal government levels.

This course is designed for emergency management personnel who are involved in developing an effective emergency planning system. This course offers training in the fundamentals of the emergency planning process, including the rationale behind planning. It will develop your capability for effective participation in the all-hazard emergency operations planning process to save lives and protect property threatened by disaster. Pre-requisite: EDM 265.

The hazards risk analysis and reduction process, as described and applied in this course, provides a general philosophy and description of specific tools and methods that can be utilized to manage the risk associated with the hazards facing a community. Pre-requisites: EDM 265 and EDM 270.

Choose one of the following courses:

This course is designed for emergency management personnel who are involved in policy and planning development and the management of natural catastrophic events and those caused by humans, including terrorism that impact people and property. The course examines the role of human service organizations in providing assistance to people and communities affected by disasters and the long-term recovery. Pre-requisites: EDM 265 and 270.

Drawing on current theory and research, field studies, class activities, and life experiences, students will explore how vulnerable social groups are affected by and cope with hazardous conditions and events, and strategies for community-based mitigation engaging those most at risk. Pre-requisite: EDM 265, 270 and 275.

This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System. The class will explore examples of effective incident management, primarily through lectures and case studies. The course will also include field trips to local emergency operations centers in the central Indiana area. Pre-requisites: EDM 265,270 and 275.


The cost is $310 per credit hour. UIndy offers a tuition deferment plan if you are using an employer reimbursement program.

More information

For more information, schedule an appointment with your admissions coordinator Chelsea Ward (last name A-L) or Kathy Hancher (last name M-Z) by calling 317-788-3393. They can explain our program and help you complete the necessary paperwork.