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From antiquity disasters and emergencies have plagued mankind. Effective preparation for and management of these events make it possible to mitigate the consequences.

This course critically assesses the foundations and strategies of emergency management. It is designed to expand the student's thinking, analysis and ability to communicate within the world of emergency management.

Focal issues include the four phases of emergency management: mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.  An analysis of past disasters will be used to discuss their impacts on policy formation and contemporary strategies. The role, duties, and importance of the Emergency Manager as it relates to FEMA's all­ hazards approach will be discussed throughout the course.

This courses will be taught by Arizona State University as part of the PluS Alliance. The course will be taught fully online. 

Study Level


Offering Terms

Summer Term, Term 2



Delivery Mode

Fully online

Indicative contact hours


Conditions for Enrolment

Prerequisite: Students who are not enrolled in a postgraduate program in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine will need to provide approval from their program authority and the approval of the course convenor to

Course Outline

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