Emergency Management and Community Resilience Professional Certificate Program

Portland State University
Training overview
Professional Course
Self-paced Online
7 Lessons
From 1,195 USD

Start dates
1,195 USD

Course description

In this fully online program, participants learn essential principles, methods, and tools for preparing, mitigating, responding, and recovering from a disaster, as well as factors that influence community preparedness, response and resilience. This program effectively integrates core concepts with real-world experience and recent case studies to illustrate how students can understand risks, identify vulnerable populations, maintain business continuity, communicate strategically, and plan for disaster preparedness and response. Participants collaborate with peers to solve practical problems and apply knowledge and skills to complex situations. Expert faculty combine instruction, activities, and an applied project to prepare participants to advance emergency management within their organizations and build resilience in their communities. 

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Who should attend?

Professionals in any industry who are seeking to support their organization or community in preparing, managing, or responding to emergency situations. This program is of particular relevance to business, government, and community leaders, operations managers, communications professionals, and anyone interested in building the capacity of their organization to plan for and respond to a disaster.

Training content

The program consists of the following modules:

  • Culture, Vulnerability and Disaster Resilience
  • Learning from Experience: Japan's Eartquake and Tsunami Crisis
  • Disaster Planning for Resiliency
  • Business and Supply Chain Continuity Planning
  • Crisis and Strategic Communication

Upon completion of this program, students will have gained the knowledge to:

  • Identify and understand elements of risk, knowledge, and uncertainty
  • Evaluate social inequality, vulnerability, and racial justice in the context of emergency management and community resilience
  • Understand the potential impacts of natural, technological, and complex disasters including climate change
  • Learn about social memory, community, and cultural capital as elements of resilience
  • Explore concepts of resilience and strategies for enhancing resilience within an organization and the community
  • Acquire tools and methods for individual and organizational preparedness in the event of an emergency

Course delivery details

Program delivered in a virtual format with live instructor & student interaction.

7 weeks, 1 live session online each Friday.


Full certificate cost: $1,195.

About Portland State University CPE

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97201 Portland Oregon

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