Students who earn a master's degree in emergency management learn how to prepare plans to respond to natural disasters and other public emergencies. Emergency management master's degree students also learn how to lead response efforts during and after emergencies, and provide training and emergency preparedness instruction to others.
The master's degree is possibly the most common graduate level emergency management program students pursue. A variety of options exist such as a Master of Public Health - MPH - Emergency Management, a Master of Public Administration - MPA - Disaster Management, or a M.S. in Emergency Leadership. Some programs are related to Homeland Security studies while others may focus on specialties within Emergency Management such as cyber security and information technology emergencies.
Emergency response master's degree programs are likely to provide instruction in topics such as; fire safety, law enforcement policy and procedures, medical policy and procedures, community planning, leadership, public relations, and communication.
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