Undergraduate Certificate in Transforming Communities with a focus in Crisis & Disaster Management

Responding to community trauma in the mission of God

Why Crisis & Disaster Management?

The Undergraduate Certificate in Crisis & Disaster Management prepares missional Christians who serve around the globe as community ministry providers, crisis & disaster chaplains, denominational disaster relief personnel, public safety personnel, emergency planners, emergency responders and other professionals in disaster preparedness, response and management. Students gain knowledge and skills in working within the management models and operational structures unique to disasters including: crisis outreach & community resilience training, psychosocial and spiritual effects of disaster, and methods of planning for disaster response, mitigation and recovery.

Low-frequency, high-impact events such as earthquakes and tsunamis are not preventable, but such high losses of human life are. We know from historical data that the world has seen a significant reduction in disaster deaths through earlier prediction, more resilient infrastructure, emergency preparedness, and response systems. However, those at low incomes are often the most vulnerable to disaster events: improving living standards, infrastructure and response systems in these regions are essential to preventing deaths from natural disasters in the coming decades. (Source: Hannah Ritchie and Max Roser (2020) - "Natural Disasters". Published online at OurWorldInData.org.)

With the global increase of natural disasters, missional Christians are needed across the world to serve in the mission of God through responding to community trauma. Through the Undergraduate Certificate in Crisis & Disaster Management, you gain the understanding and skills necessary to lead in each of the four phases of community emergency management: preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery.