Graduate Catalog 2021-2022

Emergency Management Disaster Science, Certificate (1749)


Program Coordinator

Joshua D. Durkee, joshua.durkee@wku.edu, (270) 745-8777

The certificate program in Emergency Management Disaster Science is designed to provide students with a strong technical knowledge base of the essential concepts of Incident Management. The program is designed as either a standalone certificate or for interdisciplinary incorporation into existing Masters, and Doctorate programs in Science and Engineering, Education, Leadership, and other disciplines.  

Program Admission

Graduate School Admission

Please refer to the admission section of this catalog for Graduate School admission requirements.

Program Requirements (15 hours)

All students must complete the core courses or equivalent transfer coursework approved by program advisor.  Students who are pursuing the  "stand alone"  certificate, must complete the require elective graduate seminar for a total of 15 hours.

Required Courses
EMDS 500Emergency Management Policy and Practices3
EMDS 501Understanding Natural and Technological Disaster Risks3
or EOHS 595 Public Health Management of Disasters
EMDS 502Terrorism, Violence, Resiliency, and Response3
EMDS 503Advanced Disaster Planning, Management, and Preparedness3
or EOHS 580 Solid and Hazardous Wastes
EMDS 504Trends in Disaster Preparedness and Management 13
Total Hours15