Courses and Schedule


Required courses:


You may choose one of the following electives:


Fall 2015 - Offered online.

Course Dates Fee Class No Register
PRFTRN102 Sep 14 - Dec 7 $750 1534 CLOSED
PROJMGT002 Sep 14 - Dec 7 $1160 1547 CLOSED

Spring 2016 - Offered online

Course Dates Fee Class No Register
PRFTRN102 Feb 1 - May 6 $750 1100
PRFTRN103 Feb 1 - May 6 $750 1101
PRFTRN104 Feb 1 - May 6 $750 1102
PRFTRN114 Feb 1 - May 6 $750 1103
PRFTRN149 Feb 1 - May 6 $750 1104
PROJMGT002 Feb 1 - May 6 $1160 1091
PRFTRN093 Oct 11 - Nov 22 $700 1105
PRFTRN093* Oct 11 - Nov 22 $600* 1106*

* Municipal, state, and federal employees only.

Course Descriptions

PRFTRN102 Reconstruction after the Cameras Have Gone: Principles and Best Practices

CEU: 3.5

Video Introduction

Description: Almost every day, in recent times, most parts of the world are inflicted with one type of disaster or another. Indeed, images of horror and destruction, dislocation and starvation, as well as of those of dying children and grieving women have become common in the newspapers and on television screens. Ironically, in the case of developing countries, the tragic impacts of disasters are further exacerbated by increased level of poverty, rapid and uncontrolled urbanization, and the continuous changes in the climatic, political, and economic circumstances.

This course examines and seeks to answer the following questions: what can be done to alleviate the suffering of the victims and to support them in rebuilding their lives and homes? How can we intervene to mitigate the impact of disasters? How could future disasters be prevented? How could the tragedy turn into an opportunity for development?

PRFTRN103 Climate Change, Global Food, and Water Resources

CEU: 3.5

Description: This course will examine the causes and consequences of climate change with a special focus on food and water resources. We will analyze proposals to prevent and mitigate global warming with both proactive and responsive policies. As a global society, food and water security is the most important goal we face, yet many people in the developing world lack even basic food security and more than a billion people worldwide lack access to safe drinking water. Food and water shortages are exacerbated and caused by climate change, environmental degradation and natural and human-caused disasters. It is projected that unless drastic efforts to cut greenhouse gas emission are implemented global warming will lead to massive crop failures as early as 2040 and become a worldwide phenomenon by 2080. Because poor nations will be most adversely affected by climate change it is incumbent upon the global society to prepare for and avert disaster.

PRFTRN106 Social Vulnerability Approach to Disasters

CEU: 3.5

Description: By means of a multi-disciplinary approach, this course introduces students to an understanding of hazards and disasters grounded in social vulnerability analysis. It examines different theories of social vulnerabilities as well as the historical, geographical, social, and cultural factors and conditions that put people differentially at risk before, during, and after disasters. In particular, the course focuses on global, national, regional, and local patterns of development. Students will explore how vulnerable social groups are affected by and cope with various types of disasters, and strategies for community-based mitigation engaging those most at risk.

PROJMGT002 Practical Project Management

CEU: 3.5

Description: Project management is an essential skill in today’s business world. Organizations are faced with increasing pressure to complete projects within shorter time frames and with smaller budgets than in the past. Professionals need a workable method to ensure that their projects are profitable and aligned with the strategic goals of their organization.

Practical Project Management provides professionals with the essential skills they need to succeed in an increasingly competitive job market. Based on The Project Management Body of Knowledge®, this highly interactive course combines expert instruction with case studies and team exercises. In addition to technical competencies, the course covers the human and political aspects of project management by using examples from students’ own projects, including areas such as social services, health, finance, and disaster recovery.

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PRFTRN104 Human Dignity, Human Rights, and Sustainable Post-Disaster Reconstruction

CEU: 3.5

Description: The course will explore the intersection dynamics of human dignity, humiliation, and human rights in the context of post-disaster reconstruction.

PRFTRN093 Performance Management in Government and Nonprofits

CEU: 2.0

Description: Governments around the world have increasingly come to realize the value of setting goals, measuring performance, and using the resulting data as a core management tool to improve societal outcomes. This management approach is often referred to as "performance management" or "managing for results." Experience has shown that, when well used, goals and measurement can greatly improve the operation and understanding of government programs and priorities. Experience has also shown that misuse of goals and measures, especially when combined with incentives, can provoke dysfunctional, performance-dampening responses.

This course explores what performance management means and how government agencies can adopt this management approach. Students will learn how to develop skills to refine the way goals and strategies are articulated so that they can be effectively measured, and to select practical performance measures. Also covered are how to identify target audiences, present data clearly, and to analyze and use data to improve performance. Using theoretical readings, case studies, and exercises, the course provides a conceptual grasp of the underlying dynamics employed when you manage for results. It also provides a practical understanding of how to apply performance management tools successfully at all levels of government and in nonprofits, across a wide range of policy areas, including social service delivery, health, education, public safety, transportation, and disaster preparedness/recovery.

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PRFTRN114 Independent Study in Global Post-Disaster and Management

CEU: 3.5

Description: Students may conduct independent research under the supervision and guidance of members of the faculty. Students wishing to register for independent study must do so through the department.

PRFTRN139 Risk Assessment Fundamentals In Emergency Management and Homeland Security

CEU: 3.5

Description: Integrated Risk Management is a process to fuse, unify, and inform the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Enterprise. Taking a risk-based approach, assessing capabilities, and identifying gaps within existing and future programs is instrumental in our ability to shape the emergency management and homeland security strategic planning and policy-making process. Integrated Risk Management is based on the premise that emergency management and homeland security (EMHS) partners are most effective when their efforts are unified. Risk Management is a structured process, to help ensure decision-makers are informed about risks impacting public and private sectors and to fully integrate these processes into the strategic planning for managing those risks. The Risk Management Process includes informing decision-makers on the risks, capabilities, and gaps, engaging them in discussion about possible courses of action and the pros and cons in managing these risks, as well as how to work as an integrated team to reduce gaps.

PRFTRN149 GIS in Emergency and Disaster Management

CEU: 3.5

Description: This course provides an introduction to spatial technologies and desktop GIS software via real-world scenarios and research questions in humanitarian relief, disaster management, international development and environmental issues. In particular, students will learn to analyze, map, and publish spatial information at community, regional and global scales using powerful GIS tools. Students will develop skills in cartography, spatial data management and analysis, collaborative online mapping, manipulation of satellite and aerial imagery as well as toolsets, workflows and strategies common to disaster management and international development fields.


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