UNH Offers Online Masters Degree in Emergency Management

The University of New Haven is now offering an online master's degree in emergency management through its Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences.

The new program, designed specifically for working professionals, provides students with the convenience of studying online while ensuring the same quality and in-depth coursework of the onsite emergency management master's degree program offered by UNH.

Both the online and classroom degrees in emergency management focus on disaster preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery. Both offer courses on the social effects of different disaster types, the role of the emergency manager in disasters, and disaster preparedness in the public and private sectors.

"We know there is a real need for trained, skilled professionals in the area of disaster or emergency management," said Marsha Ham, associate vice president and dean of the College of Lifelong & eLearning. "This need will continue into the future, and this degree prepares those professionals for the challenges that lie ahead in this important field."

As with the traditional program, the online program is based on Federal Emergency Management Agency recommendations and supports the professionalization of the emergency management field by providing solid academic education along with theory and research-based training for professionals entering the field or advancing their careers. The degree consists of 36 credits of coursework, which can be completed in as little as two years without ever coming to campus.

The goal of the program is to serve as a focal point of training, education, service, and research in disasters such as floods, tornadoes, blizzards and terrorism.

"This program exposes the student to cutting edge material provided by experienced emergency management professionals," said Wayne Sandford, professor and emergency management program coordinator. "The field is growing, and there is a real demand for trained professionals."

For more information about the program, go to http://online.newhaven.edu/emergency-management/

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