Worldwide attention on recent
natural disasters underscores the need for greater expertise
in managing complex emergencies, whether natural or man-made.
The field of emergency management is growing rapidly as more
and larger disasters are occurring throughout the world.
HPU has responded by developing a graduate certificate program
that debuted in fall 2007, providing emergency responders and
public health personnel a context for how their professions fit
into emergency management systems from a domestic and international
Dramatic changes to the post-9/11 world pose serious challenges
to local, state, and national governments,” said Dr. Carlos
Juárez, dean of the College of International Studies.
Public and private agencies need well-conceived disaster plans
with integrated response management and an ‘All Hazards’ approach.
HPU’s certificate program covers all the key content areas
for professionals interested in the tools to manage disasters
and develop important policy,” Juarez added.
The Graduate Certificate Program in International Disaster and
Emergency Management offers professional education for graduate
students planning careers in government or non-governmental organizations
(NGOs) and for practitioners in the field seeking to broaden
their knowledge and skills, Juarez explained.
It provides the tools to manage disasters and address difficult
public policy issues facing public and private sector officials,
with a regional focus on Asia and the Pacific region.
Organizations have the opportunity to sponsor advanced employee
education, making it possible for businesses to employ their
own on-site disaster experts.
According to Juarez, HPU is well positioned to deliver a graduate
certificate in the area of disaster and emergency management
with a focus on Asia and the Pacific. The island of O‘ahu
has a large military establishment that oversees disaster relief
in the region, as well as many NGOs involved in medical relief,
disaster relief, and humanitarian assistance. O‘ahu also
offers many specialized agencies that are valuable assets for
professional training and development.
The certificate program, consisting of 15 credit hours, can be
completed within one year, with some elective courses available
online and others in a classroom format. The four core courses
serve as building blocks toward a balanced understanding of the
body of knowledge already developed in the field. The electives
courses allow students to specialize in a particular area of
Employing the “All Hazards” approach to planning,
the program addresses natural disasters, technological or accidental
disasters, and man-made disasters such as conflict, war, and
terrorism. The program also includes site visits to area organizations
and guest lectures from specialists and government officials
in the field.
The program provides a professional credential for disaster and
emergency managers preparing to apply for the Certified Emergency
Manager program and the American College of Contingency Planners
The certificate program is an ideal choice for military officers
and Department of Defense civilian employees, state and local
government officials, NGO leaders involved in disaster relief,
employees of firms interested in developing business continuity
plans, and graduate students who want to enhance their specializations.
For more information visit www.hpu.edu/grad or call 543-8034.