PSS5420EN - Emergency Management & Incident Command

Course description

This course provides graduate-level knowledge to improve critical thinking and decision making skills required in planning for and the management of disasters and other critical incidents. This course will place an emphasis on the collaboration of various emergency services (e.g. police, fire, EMS, FEMA, nonprofit, and volunteer organizations).

How this course benefits students

Emergency Management & Incident Command provides a meaningful opportunity to apply theory to practice in the study of a field that effects every criminal justice professional or first responder. Students will learn the fundamental principles of the National Incident Management System (NIMS), National Response Framework (NRF), and the Incident Command System (ICS). Case studies will be utilized to foster critical thinking and discussion, and to provide an effective analysis and assessment of the emergency management and incident command.

Why this course is important

This course will explain the fundamental principles of emergency management to include but not limited to the National Incident Management System (NIMS), National Response Framework (NRF), and Incident Command System (ICS). Students will study natural, technical, and human-induced public disasters and catastrophes through case study examinations. The information and knowledge obtained from this course can complement experienced public safety officials or can help prepare students in a new career in emergency management.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Public Safety & Security
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

Emergency Management & Incident Command will place a prominence on the cultural context and methods to intertwine ministry within the local community.

Missionally driven

This particular course will examine how to go where God is already working among emergency management professionals.

Contextually informed

Students will examine methods within their local communities to enable them to develop ministry approaches for their local contexts. Disasters and other critical incidents provide an opportunity for Christians to practice the basic Christian values to love your neighbor.

Interculturally focused

Students will recognize that serving within emergency management will take them out of their own comfort zone. Students will discuss how to express their faith in their own social context in culturally-appropriate ways while responding to critical incidents.

Practically minded

Students will discuss actual and hypothetical emergency management incidents. These discussions will also focus how Christian beliefs and values can impact or effect the decision making process.

Experientially transformed

Students will learn how to apply principles of Christian values to emergency management in future operations that they may face within this career field.