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May 19, 2015

Two homeland security – related courses; mostly online

Filed under: Education — by Christopher Bellavita on May 19, 2015

Two homeland security – related online (mostly) course offerings:

“The Master of Public Health Program at Missouri State University is now offering three graduate certificates in public health.  The three certificates are (1) the Public Health Core, (2) Public Health & Health Administration and (3)  Public Health & Homeland Security.  The latter certificate can be completed online.

The Public Health & Homeland Security certificate was created as a workforce development tool because several county health departments noted a need for people with the background to do emergency planning for public health emergencies.  Each certificate requires five courses (15 graduate hours).

The Public Health & Homeland Security certificate requires 3 courses in public health and 2 courses in homeland security or emergency management.   A full description of all three certificates can be accessed on the program web page at http://www.missouristate.edu/mph/ .  For questions, you may contact David Claborn at davidclaborn[at]missouristate.edu.”

Virginia Tech is offering a “special 7 week summer course …. [It] begins Monday June 1 and ends on July 20 with a full day class on Saturday June 20 at the Alexandria, Va campus site.”

VA tech summer course

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Comment by William R. Cumming

May 20, 2015 @ 6:34 am

Every disicpline academic or otherwise [e.g. Fire Service training] should have available courses on HS and EM. IMO of course. Legal Studies especially and EMT training.


Almost 1/3 of Members of Congress have had some legal training! There are NO EM or HS courses available in any American Law School. But thanks to some a course in NATIONAL SECURITY LAW is the most popular elective in American law schools. And thanks to Alan Cohn, Esq. there are offerings in DOMESTIC PREPAREDNESS.

I remain unable to determine the actual number of Americans
and residents that have been awarded a PhD in EM and/or HS!

Is it important that HS or EM actually be in the degree name or not?

Again my estimate, relying on the definitions of EM and HS available through my http://www.vacationlanegrp.com website, is that fewer than 20,000 trained EM grads exist and fewer than 5,000 in HS.

Please supplement, revise, or correct my understanding and include definitions. Are EM and HS accredited fields of study by any credentialling or accreditation group?

For example how many are certified under 1600 level nationwide?

Comment by William R. Cumming

May 22, 2015 @ 3:28 pm


Comment by Vicki Campbell

May 22, 2015 @ 7:06 pm

Bill, I really don’t get how social media can be a “threat.” I would say that it’s an unusually powerful communication tool that is at least as likely to save the world as it is to bring it down – which is to say that it’s really not about the technology at all, but about how we decide to use it, and what we decide to communicate with it. I think it actually has the power to be fairly revolutionary, in that it has unprecedented information distribution functionality, that has great equalizing and democratizing capacities, both, IMHO. The only reason one might think that social media is a threat, it seems to me, is if one has something to hide, and/or can’t win the merits of their ideas – which is our big problem, and also which is the only battlefield that terrorism can ultimately be won on.

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