UMass Boston Teams with DelValle Institute to Offer Emergency Management Programs
August 21, 2012
Office of Communications
The University of Massachusetts Boston is introducing two new certificate programs in emergency management through University College. The noncredit programs combine the academic resources in post-disaster reconstruction at UMass Boston with the expertise of the DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness, a program of the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC).
“We are very excited to be able to offer two new certificates in this very important field,” said University College Dean Philip DiSalvio. “To be able to join forces with the DelValle Institute to enhance the expert training they already deliver is a wonderful opportunity.”
One program covers “All Hazards Emergency Response and Protection,” and the other teaches “Inclusive Emergency Planning.” Each includes a module of coursework offered through DelValle, combined with a noncredit three-course sequence through University College.
“We’re proud of the partnerships we’ve built around emergency preparedness in the city, and this is an innovative way to collaborate even further with key stakeholders,” said James Hooley, chief of Boston Emergency Medical Services, the division of BPHC that includes DelValle Institute.
“The chance to bring together the expertise of UMass Boston with that of DelValle is an exciting one, and we look forward to engaging more people on this important issue.”
The first certificate program is geared toward people who work in health care or collaborate with health care stakeholders. The program will give participants a comprehensive understanding of emergency preparedness, response, and recovery.
The second program will offer planners in emergency medical services, health care, public health and public safety a comprehensive overview of emergency preparedness, with a focus on meeting the diverse needs of all members of a community.
Participants in both programs will also take 105 hours of coursework offered by University College and the Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities After Disasters (CRSCAD), which is housed in the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at UMass Boston. The courses include “Reconstruction After the Cameras Have Gone,” “Social Vulnerability Approach to Disasters,” “Project Management” and an independent study.
“We welcome the opportunity to share what we know,” said Adenrele Awotona, director of CRSCAD. “We are learning every day about planning for disaster recovery and particularly how we can help communities ensure that they are taking into account vulnerable populations.”
About University College
University College is dedicated to meeting the needs of adult learners by providing a wide range of programs from focused short-term, noncredit training to wide-ranging, long-term academic undergraduate and graduate professional degrees. www.uc.umb.edu
About The Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters
The Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities After Disasters assists local, national and international agencies as well as the victims of disasters to develop practical and long-term solutions to the social, economic and environmental consequences of disasters. CRSCAD provides expert advice and training to communities that have been devastated by disasters, and hosts international scholars who wish to work on disaster and recovery issues. www.umb.edu/crscad/
About UMass Boston
With a growing reputation for innovative research addressing complex urban issues, the University of Massachusetts Boston, metropolitan Boston’s only public university, offers its diverse student population both an intimate learning environment and the rich experience of a great American city. UMass Boston’s eight colleges and graduate schools serve nearly 16,000 students while engaging local, national, and international constituents through academic programs, research centers, and public service activities. To learn more about UMass Boston, visit www.umb.edu