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Homeland Security & Emergency Management


College: College of Nursing and Health Professions

Department: Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management



The minor in Homeland Security and Emergency Management is a multidisciplinary program offered in the College of Nursing and Health Professions and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

This multidisciplinary minor will integrate principles of early recognition and treatment, mitigation, cultural and spiritual influences, issues related to law enforcement,media and mental health aspects of biological, chemical,radiological and nuclear terrorism, as well as natural disasters.

Students completing the minor should have a basis of knowledge to be a contributor in disasters and emergencies in their communities and places of employment. As a result of these classes, fear and concern should be appropriately decreased or increased(depending on the agent involved), knowledge improved,with students willing to make the hard decisions related to moral/ethical dilemmas.

  • Curriculum

    Coursework Overview

    The structure of the minor provides specialized training within each of three tracks. The introductory and capstone course provide the common framework necessary for the integration of these fields and the cooperative efforts of the specialists working within them.

    Required Courses:
    Sem. Hrs.
    DPEM 3503, Principles of Disaster Management
    Student will be certified in Basic Disaster Life Support & IS-100

    Choose one of the following tracks:

    Track 1: Healthcare in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness

    DPEM 4513, Physical Care of Victims of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive Injuries
    SW 4203, Crisis Intervention *
    DPEM 4523, Risk Identification and Prevention in Disaster & Emergency Preparedness *
    DPEM 4533, Disaster Mental Health *
    NRS 4223, Forensic Nursing
    DPEM 2233, Principles of Healthcare Emergency Management *
    DPEM 3553, Ethical Considerations in DPEM *
    DPEM 2353, Global Prospectives*

    Track 2: Disaster Preparedness, Response and Administration

    POSC 3503, Principles of Public Administration
    MCOM 4603, Crisis Communication
    SOC 4343, Geographic Information System for Social Sciences
    POSC 4513, Disaster Response: Leadership and Management (Student will be certified in IS-200)

    Track 3: Sociocultural & Political Disaster Preparedness

    SOC 4003, Perspectives on Death and Dying *
    SOC 3363, Sociology of Religion OR SW 4363, Religion and Spirituality in Social Work Practice *
    SOC 4263, Terrorism as a Social Movement
    SOC 4063, Sociology of Disasters *

    Choose one elective from another track
    DPEM/NRS/POSC 4563, Non-Government Agencies in DPEM *
    Total Required Hours:

    *Courses are web-based or web-assisted.
    Please consult with your advisor if you plan on pursuing a minor in homeland security & emergency management.
  • Why Study Disaster Preparedness?

    Since September 11, 2001, the United States has faced near-continual threats to its security at home and abroad. The incidence of terrorist attacks has increased over the last five years. The United States has been preparing to manage such events. The National Response Plan calls for local governments, agencies, institutions and even citizens to be prepared to take care of themselves and their communities for up to 96 hours should such an attack occur.

    In public health, the process for including natural disasters in preparedness is called dualism, or an all-hazards approach. The course content for the minor includes an all hazards approach.

    Research has shown that in the state of Arkansas, up to 70%of health care professionals (physicians, nurse practitioners, pharmacists and registered nurses) do not believe they are prepared to provide care to victims of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive attacks, nor do they believe the current national preparations are sufficient. Approximately the same number have not had any additional education on these topics.

An multidisciplinary approach

Disasters and other emergencies affect professionals in all disciplines. Therefore, the multi-disciplinary minor in homeland security and emergency management is appropriate for all degree-seeking students regardless of their major. The courses in the minor are taught from an all-hazards perspective. Assignments are tailored to be applicable to each student’s chosen discipline. Expertise acquired from completing the minor is value-added to any degree when seeking employment. In addition, all students completing the minor will develop a personal/family disaster plan to enhance their own preparedness.