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Emergency Management MPA Online Specialization Overview

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Prepare to Develop and Lead Initiatives to Keep Your Community Safe

Every day, communities around the country experience violence, crime, floods, blackouts, severe weather and other emergencies that threaten public safety—and the number, scale and scope of these types of events is on the rise. The incidence of natural disasters and armed conflict worldwide has steadily increased since the 1970s, according to a report from the New England Journal of Medicine. Emergency management directors are needed to help offset the number of people harmed in natural and man-made disasters.

Emergency management experts plan and direct disaster response or crisis management activities, provide disaster preparedness training, and prepare emergency plans and procedures. They often coordinate with fire and law enforcement officials, elected officials, nonprofit organizations, government agencies and the public, which is why emergency management careers require exceptional leadership and critical thinking skills. Fortunately, Anna Maria College can provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to keep communities safe in threatening disasters.

Students enrolled in Anna Maria College’s Master of Public Administration program can choose the Emergency Management specialization in order to gain the knowledge required of successful crisis administration professionals. Integrating the most current emergency management techniques with foundational leadership and management training, the Emergency Management courses of Anna Maria’s MPA program will prepare you for high-level positions within agencies and departments responsible for protecting the public before, during, and after a disaster.

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Specialized Emergency Management Administration Curriculum

Significant disasters require pre/post planning, coordination and quick implementation. Anna Maria College’s Emergency Management MPA online degree gives you the most current tools and techniques to provide leadership and direction during and after a wide variety of crises, including hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, terrorist attacks, hazardous chemical spills and healthcare epidemics.

Crisis Management Leadership Courses Sample:

Introduces operations frameworks in the United States such as the National Response Framework and other frameworks used by NGOs, the military, and international organizations are compared. The need for organization, pre-planning, and coordination are integrated with the need to expand structures and adapts plans when handling complex incidents and large, preplanned events.

This course deals with emerging topics in the field of emergency management based on current involved to include major emergencies, disaster and emerging trends.

Designed to give students the chance to apply the knowledge and skills that they have acquired throughout their graduate education to real-world situations. A capstone project is designed for those entering directly into a specific field, without plan for postgraduate study.

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A Valuable Degree for a Growing Public Administration Field

The majority of emergency management directors work within state and local governments; others in the field work within private entities, hospitals, and nonprofit organizations. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the number of high-level emergency management positions is expected to grow by 6% through 2024.1 Emergency management administration careers are in demand across a number of industries and settings, including:

  • Local, state and federal government
  • General medical and surgical hospitals
  • Community food and housing services
  • Emergency and other relief services
  • Electric power generation, transmission and distribution

A summary report by the American Job Center Network shows that approximately 15 percent of emergency management directors in the U.S. hold a master’s degree or higher.2 Anna Maria College’s specialized MPA online degree in Emergency Management will give you an advantage in the growing and competitive field of emergency planning and disaster administration.

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Learn from Experts in Public Administration

Our Emergency Management professors help you gain the most pertinent facts utilized in the field today. You’ll learn new skills and network with the industry’s niche experts whose insights can help propel your emergency management career. Anna Maria’s highly experienced faculty is what sets our specialized MPA online program apart from other online emergency management degree programs.

Impactful MPA Specializations

Professions within the public sector reach far and wide, across many industries. Anna Maria’s online master’s in public administration offers the choice of diverse specializations that give you critical knowledge in your specific area of interest:

Public Administration, MPA: Fire and Emergency Services

Combining foundational management development with an in-depth study of fire and emergency services administration, this specialized degree is a highly valuable credential for aspiring fire and EMS leaders.

Public Administration, MPA: Homeland Security

Students in the Homeland Security online MPA program will learn how to anticipate, prevent and react to situations that threaten the safety and security of the nation, including attacks by foreign and domestic terrorists.

Public Administration, MPA: Criminal Justice

Current law enforcement officers seeking career advancement or professionals looking to enter the field will gain valuable criminal justice leadership skills that the top agencies and law enforcement departments are looking for.

Public Administration, MPA: General Track

The General Track includes a broad study of public sector management topics and is designed to offer maximum career flexibility for students who could see themselves entering multiple fields after graduation.