Emergency Management MPA Online Courses

Master of Public Administration - Emergency Management Specialization


Commit to Lead Under Stressful Situations


The toll of leading in preparation of and during times of crisis is intense. Increased situational foundations and expert knowledge can ease such stresses. Your education, network, and expertise strengthen your ability to manage through an emergency. The Emergency Management Specialization of the Master's in Public Administration online degree integrates the most current emergency management techniques, provides a sound networking board and gives you the most progressive knowledge available.

Those students who have recently graduated and for those who are considering a career change, the MPA online Direct Track focuses attention on a total of 12 courses, including the Public Administration core curriculum and four Emergency Management specialization courses.

Mid-Career Track Available

Students who have graduated from a qualified fire academy and work in a relevant field may be eligible to take the Anna Maria College Emergency Management MPA Mid-Career Track, allowing them to complete the degree program with just 10 courses (six from the MPA curriculum and four Emergency Management concentration courses).


Degree Requirements/Curriculum
Course NumberCourse NameCredits
MPA 501Strategic Management of Human Capital3 credits
MPA 502Organizational Theories and the Public Sector3 credits
MPA 503Executive Leadership3 credits
MPA 504Management Policies in Government Finance3 credits
MPA 600Ethics in Public Service3 credits
MPA 602Managerial Statistics for Public Managers3 credits
MPA 603Public Policy3 credits
MPA 604Strategic Planning for Public Managers3 credits



Emergency Management Courses
Course NumberCourse NameCredits
EPR 516Emergency Management Operations Framework3 credits
EPR 511Special Topics in Emergency Management3 credits
Free elective (EMS, EPR, FRS, HCA, HLS, JAD, or PSM with a 600 or higher#)
EPR 609 or EPR 611Capstone Project or Applied Research3 credits


Public Administration Core Courses

MPA 501 Strategic Management of Human Capital (3 credits)
Provides an overview of how a leader can address current and emerging human capital challenges to drive organizational transformation.

MPA 502 Organizational Theories & the Public Sector (3 credits)
The study of the fundamental theory of the management development process and the analysis of employee behavior patterns.

MPA 503 Executive Leadership (3 credits)
This course focuses on the study and analysis of human behavior patterns. Special consideration is given to the role of the emergency services department management team member as a leader and motivator of people.

MPA 504 Management Policies in Government Finance (3 credits)
This course explores various aspects of local financial management including developing new revenue sources, designing a budget that includes performance reporting, conducting strategic economic development, understanding debt management and bond sales, use of modern information systems to improve financial decision, and meeting the day-to-day challenges of financial management from procurement to labor negotiations.

MPA 600 Ethics in Public Service (3 credits)
The course will address a number a number of issues including ethics theory and the history of ethics, ethics and consciousness, ethics and self-control, emotional fallacies and ethics, tools for ethical thinking, ethics and professionalism in public service, the value of ethics in preventing public corruption, and creating public organizational ethics. Real-world ethical failures in public administration will be discussed.

MPA 602 Managerial Statistics for Public Managers (3 credits)
Focuses on probability and statistics with an emphasis on data analysis, including univeriate and multivariate techniques. Statistical problem solving is engaged using various data sources.

MPA 603 Public Policy (3 credits)
This course uses case studies and other materials to help students to develop excellence in oral and written skills in the formation of public policy at the senior management level. Drawing on previous course work in ethics, quantitative analysis and management students will develop models for solving significant problems in the public arena coupled with the planning strategy for implementing these policies.

MPA 604 Strategic Planning for Public Managers (3 credits)
Through the utilization and application of risk assessment and master planning concepts, this program will guide the student through the process of problem identification and comparative analysis. This course will focus upon identifying the benefits and the development of a long term planning effort within the student’s local jurisdiction.

Emergency Management Concentration Courses

EPR 516 Emergency Management Operations Frameworks (3 credits)
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, pre-planned events.

EPR 511 Special Topics in Emergency Management (3 credits)
This course deals with emerging topics in the field of emergency management based on current involved to include major emergencies, disaster and emerging trends.

EPR 609 Capstone Project (3 credits)
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.

EPR 611 Applied Research (3 credits)
Designed to give students the opportunity to do focused research on a topic from their respective field of study. Applied research is designed primarily for those planning to continue to doctoral or other postgraduate studies.

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