Disaster and Emergency Management

The Certificate in Disaster and Emergency Management is designed to prepare participants to act as members of a team involved in, planning for, and dealing with emergency incidents. Learners will be instructed on the phases of disaster management: mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.

The fundamental goal of this certificate is to introduce participants to best practices including risk assessment and risk mitigation, pre- and post-disaster planning, including business contingency planning, effective communication guidelines, pre- and post-disaster mitigation, on-the-ground operations, and follow through in search, rescue, response, and recovery.

The curriculum emphasizes the knowledge, processes, tools, and mechanisms necessary to ensure that disaster and emergency management projects are executed using best practices and success-proven procedures and resources’ deployment, and that they are performed in the most effective way possible.

The below video was selected as a finalist for EURAXESS Science Slam North America 2013. Learn more about Academic Coordinator Alex Ferworn’s research into using dogs and robots for post-disaster search and rescue operations:

Video produced by Greg Rist.

Disaster and Emergency Fast Track Offerings

Students have the opportunity to obtain the Certificate in Disaster and Emergency Management over 12 intensive, five-day weeks. This unique fast-track program covers all required certificate courses. See Disaster and Emergency Fast Track (CKDM 999) for further information.

Additional Courses of Relevance to Disaster and Emergency Management Careers

The following courses are designed to expand individuals’ transferable soft skills and are of particular relevance to those pursuing a career in Disaster and Emergency Management.

CDCE 305 Intro to Intercultural Communication
This course focuses on enabling students to understand how significant cultural traits affect communications within organizations. Students will learn how to develop successful communication strategies for a diverse workplace. Particular attention will be devoted to managing conflict and profiling individual expertise. Students will also be provided with critical thinking skills and a framework within which to manage other intercultural situations they may encounter that are not covered in the course material.

CDCE 306 Managing Workplace Relationships
This course focuses on providing students with the skills and concepts to create and maintain their professional profiles. Students will learn how to create effective first impressions with potential employers and while employed. Particular attention will be given to helping students profile expertise in a manner that is constructive and accessible to non-experts. Students will also learn and practice how to effectively manage "non professional" informal communication such as gossip and rumour.

CDCE 307 Working with Culturally Diverse Clients
This course focuses on providing superior quality client service in an intercultural environment. Students will learn the value of effective client service and how to provide it in an intercultural setting. In particular, students will learn how to deliver quality client service within the enterprise (e.g., to peers and management) as well as outside the enterprise (e.g., to paying customers and vendors).

CDCE 308 Cross Cultural Teamwork
This course equips students to function effectively in cross cultural teams. Students will investigate the specific challenges of working in cross cultural groups within the well documented context of team dynamics and the difficulties teams face with delivering on their tasks. The focus is on providing students with practical strategies and techniques that can be used in a wide range of teamwork situations.