Homeland Security / Emergency Management

Degrees and Certificates

Courses

HSEM 102: Introduction to Emergency Management

Credits 5

Provides groundwork on which emergency services can build a strong foundation for disaster and emergency management for homeland security in the 21st century. Addresses issues, policies, questions, best practices, and lessons learned through recent years; requirements of NFPA® 1600, Standard on Emergency Management and exposure to new and developing theories, practices, and technology in emergency management. This class may include students from multiple sections.

HSEM 110: Basic Incident Command System/ National Management System

Credits 2

This course introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher-level ICS training. This course describes the history, features, and principles and organization structure of the Incident Command System. It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS). Course will meet ICS 100/200/700/800 requirements. This class may include students from multiple sections.

HSEM 111: Tribal Incident Management Systems

Credits 2

This course introduces the incident management structures commonly utilized in Indian Country.  It explains the relationship between various incident management structures and the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and affords students an opportunity to share with other Tribal Emergency Management professionals structures they have experienced or would like to explore. This class may include students from multiple sections.

HSEM 120: All Hazards Emergency Planning

Credits 3

This course is designed to introduce students to developing an effective emergency planning system. This course offers training in the fundamentals of the emergency planning process, including the rationale behind planning. Emphasis will be placed on hazard/ risk analysis and planning team development. Other topics, such as Continuity of Operations (COOP), Emergency Support Functions, National Response Plan, Washington State Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan and contingency planning for areas such as Special Needs (Vulnerable Populations) or Animal Sheltering are included. This class may include students from multiple sections.

HSEM 121: Planning for Tribal Emergency Management

Credits 3

This course is designed to introduce current or future Tribal Emergency Management professionals to plans and the planning process. Emphasis will be placed on hazard and risk analysis and planning team development.  Other topics will include emergency management planning with non-tribal partners and communities, as well as a focus on planning for vulnerable populations including but not limited to tribal elders. This class may include students from multiple sections.

HSEM 130: Technology in Emergency Management

Credits 3

This class provides a detailed overview of the technology used and applied in the field of emergency management. Students will learn how to utilize technology in emergency planning, response, recovery and mitigation efforts and they will identify key elements that must be in place for technology to enhance the emergency management process. Course overviews include using technology and data for hazard identification, analysis, and modeling. Types of warning systems such as reverse notification systems; direct and remote sensing systems, and geospatial technology. This class may include students from multiple sections.

HSEM 157: Public Information

Credits 2

This course will prepare students to support emergency management public information operations, including integration with a Joint Information System, use of a Joint Information Center, coordination with on-scene public information officers, use of alert and warning systems, emergency and routine information distribution (including media and social media), and ensuring appropriate messaging for the whole community. This class may include students from multiple sections. 

HSEM 160: Emergency Response Awareness to Terrorism

Credits 5

Provides current and relevant information about terrorism, terrorist behavior, homeland security policies and dilemmas, and how to deal effectively with threats and the consequences of attacks. Student will gain insight into the key players involved in emergency management, local and state issues, particularly as they need to interact and work with FEMA and other federal agencies. Course components include identifying terrorism, causes of terrorism, preventing terrorist attacks, responding to terrorism attacks and avoidance in communication and leadership collapse. This class may include students from multiple sections.

HSEM 180: Public Administration

Credits 3

This course provides an overview in the structure and issues of public service. Course participants will examine the context of public administration: the political system, the role of federalism, bureaucratic politics and power, and the various theories of administration that guide public managers today. Course components include public administration, personnel, budgeting, decision-making, organizational behavior, leadership, and policy implementation. Lessons will be drawn from the most current applications of public administration today, such as COVID Pandemic efforts and Homeland Security.  This class may include students from multiple sections. 

HSEM 190: Tribal Emergency Management

Credits 1 5

This special topics train-the-trainer program is designed to prepare students to deliver community preparedness awareness information classes on emergencies and disasters. This class may include students from multiple sections.

HSEM 190: Tribal Emergency Management

Credits 3

This special topics train-the-trainer program is designed to prepare students to deliver community preparedness awareness information classes on emergencies and disasters. This class may include students from multiple sections.

HSEM 200: Emergency Operations Center

Credits 2

This course provides the student with skills and knowledge to manage an Emergency Operations Center (EOC), acquire and control resources, and interface with on scene responders within Incident Management Systems. Topics include EOC design, preparing, staffing and operating, jurisdictional setting, and the critical link between Incident Management Systems and emergency management operations. This class may include students from multiple sections. 

HSEM 205: Cultural Heritage Preservation and Traditional Knowledge

Credits 3

This course will explore the importance of protecting, preserving, and restoring both tangible and intangible cultural heritage in the face of disasters and emergencies, and will describe how emergency management professionals can inform their disaster planning utilizing traditional knowledge. This class may include students from multiple sections.

HSEM 210: Exercise Design and Evaluation

Credits 3

This course provides participants with the knowledge and skills to develop, conduct, evaluate and report effective exercises that test a community's operations plan and operational response capability. Throughout the course, participants will learn about topics including exercise program management, design and development, evaluation, and improvement planning. It also builds a foundation for subsequent exercise courses, which provide the specifics of the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) and the National Standard Exercise Curriculum (NSEC). This class may include students from multiple sections.

HSEM 215: Tribal Emergency Management Grants and Grant Management

Credits 4

This course will explore the importance and role of grants in Tribal Emergency Management.  Students will research various emergency management grants (federal, tribal, state, and local) and their potential impacts on communities predominately populated by indigenous peoples.  This class may include students from multiple sections. 

HSEM 220: Developing and Managing Volunteer Resources

Credits 2

This course will focus on methods and procedures for involving volunteers in emergency management programs, with the goal of maximizing the effectiveness of volunteer resources by implementing a people-oriented system that addresses defining volunteer roles, designing a plan of action, recruiting volunteers, training individuals who volunteer, and motivation and maintenance of a successful program. The role of spontaneous and/or unaffiliated volunteers in the disaster response process will also be addressed. This class may include students from multiple sections. 

HSEM 230: Disaster Response and Recovery

Credits 2

The purpose of this course is to enable students to understand and think critically about disaster recovery operations in the profession of emergency management. Students will utilize problem-based learning by analyzing actual disaster events and applying the theories, principals, and practice of disaster recovery. In addition, students will learn about the issues faced by the whole community and how to address access and functional needs in disaster recovery. This class may include students from multiple sections. 

HSEM 240: Workbased Learning Experience

Credits 4

Provides students "real world experiences" in homeland security and emergency management. Students learn to work within time constraints and are exposed to appropriate workplace behaviors. Students will have opportunities to refine the core skills they have learned from the courses or curriculum. This class may include students from multiple sections. 

HSEM 249: HSEM Professional Development

Credits 2

This course prepares the HSEM student for the work based learning experience. Students will learn how to search for jobs and internships, prepare resumes and job applications, prepare for job and internship interviews, and create an appropriate professional portfolio. This class may include students from multiple sections.

HSEM 250: Homeland Security Law and Policy

Credits 4

This course is designed to give the student an overview of various statutes, regulations, constitutional law, and common law associated with Homeland Security Emergency Management. This course examines federal, state, and local government powers, FEMA, Department of Homeland Security, civil rights, National Security Strategies, Homeland Security Act of 2002,the Patriot Act, the National Incident Management System, and the National Response Framework. Students will be introduced to the legalities and ethics relevant to organizing for counterterrorism, investigating terrorism and other national security threats, and crisis and consequence management. This class may include students from multiple sections. 

HSEM 260: Introduction to Healthcare Emergency Management

Credits 5

Provides the groundwork on which students can build a strong foundation for healthcare related disaster and emergency management. Addresses issues, policies, questions, best practices, and lessons learned through recent years; standards on healthcare emergency management and business continuity, and exposure to new and developing theories, practices, and technology in healthcare emergency management. This class may include students from multiple sections.