Introduction to Emergency Management Operations

BEM101

Introduction to the theories, principles, and organized approaches to emergency management at local, county, state, and federal levels. Topics include the history of human vulnerability to natural, man-made, and technological hazards; the advent of emergency management professions; and an examination of current emergency response systems. 3 Credits (3 Lecture)

The History and Evolution of Emergency Management

BEM103

Analysis of the history and evolution of emergency management in the United States. Topics trace events that have impacted and motivated change in approach to EM with analysis of the situations within its governing body. (Formerly BEM310) 3 Credits (3 Lecture)

Introduction to Healthcare System Preparedness

BEM105

Exploration of the complexities of healthcare system preparedness, which is the ability of a healthcare system to prepare for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate incidents that have a public health and medical impact in the short and long term. (Formerly BEM320) 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): ENL111 or SPC101.

Incident Command System Operations

BEM201

Introduction to the roles, designs, and functions of incident command operations integral to emergency management services at the local, state, and federal levels. Exploration of multi-agency coordination related to various types and severity of disasters/incidents. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): BEM101 or BEM105.

Emergencies, Disasters, and Catastrophes

BEM202

Overview of emergencies, disasters, and catastrophes from a social, political, historical, policy, environmental, international, and cross-cultural perspective. Focus on the differences in these events in terms of scale and cause as well as the diverse approaches of managing these events. 3 Credits (3 Lecture)

Disaster Preparation and Planning

BEM210

Comprehensive introduction to the principles, theories, and approaches to emergency response planning at the local, state, and federal levels. Includes analysis of the tasks, roles and responsibilities of designing and implementing emergency response plans in various communities. 3 Credits (3 Lecture)

Crisis Communication

BEM221

Introduction to the theories, principles, and hands-on best practices associated with crisis communication with an emphasis on planning and conveying public communication before, during, and after natural and manmade crises. Topics include identifying and messaging effectively to targeted audiences, including vulnerable and diverse audiences; complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act; engaging community partners in message-making; understanding and using multimedia tools, including social media; addressing misinformation and audience emotion; understanding human behaviors during crises; and understanding the function of a Joint Information Center and Public Information Office in the emergency management construct. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): ENL111. As needed.

Disaster Recovery

BEM230

Study of the basic concepts, operational procedures, and authorities involved in recovering from major disasters. Addresses federal, state, and local government roles and responsibilities in major disaster recovery work, with an emphasis on government coordination and the problems frequently arising in recovery operations. An overview of preliminary damage assessment, disaster recovery centers, and special needs of victims and disaster workers is included. 3 Credits (3 Lecture)

Spatial Analysis in Emergency Management

BEM250

Study of the variety of collection techniques that add value to data contained in a geographic information system. Theory and application include topics in hazard mapping, risk and vulnerability analysis, and evacuation analysis. Course work provides hands-on experience in applying spatial analytical techniques using GIS and spatial analytical software to address some research question. Exploration covers essential methodological and practical issues that are involved in carrying out sophisticated spatial analyses using GIS and other spatial type software to help emergency management agencies make policy decisions. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): BEM201.

Social/Psychological Foundations of Emergency Management

BEM265

Study of the empirical vs. theoretical approaches to understanding human behavior in disasters. Explores myths and realities about group disaster behavior, community social systems, and disaster response as well as the role of culture and demographics in emergency response. Course work utilizes psychological and sociological approaches to understanding human behavior during disasters and presents competing theories about the psychological and social foundations of emergency management. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): BEM101.

Technological Elements of Emergency Management

BEM311

Study of the role of the technological elements related to effective emergency management. Topics cover a wide variety of current and emerging technologies related to the management of actual and potential incidents. (Formerly BEM102) 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): BEM265. (Writing Enriched)

Contemporary Issues in Emergency Management

BEM420

Examination of current emergency management issues as they affect individuals, groups, and their communities in the context of the contemporary emergency management field. The selected issues analyzed are beyond the scope of materials treated extensively in regularly scheduled courses.  3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): BEM101 and BEM210 and BEM221. As needed.

Emergency Management Internship

BEM450

Practical work experience in emergency management/public safety through placement in a governmental agency or program, non-governmental provider, or private sector organization whose mission is emergency preparedness, response, and recovery. Course requires a minimum of 275 hours at the field placement. Permission of program faculty required. 3 Credits (0 Lecture - 15 Internship) Prerequisite(s): BEM101 and BEM210.

Emergency Management Capstone

BEM495

Individualized learning experience that consolidates knowledge of public safety and emergency management concepts and best practices, with a focus on analyzing and developing solutions to emergency management issues or problems. Development of an emergency management field program for implementation or a major emergency management research paper involving original data collection will be undertaken. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): BEM101 and BEM210 and SOC313. Corequisite(s): BEM450.