NKU to offer region’s first Emergency Management program

University Marketing + Communications 

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Beginning this fall, Northern Kentucky University will offer the region’s first Emergency Management graduate certificate.

Offered through NKU’s Master of Public Administration program, the certificate was developed in response to demand from the community and MPA alumni. It is the first such program in the Greater Cincinnati region.

It is aimed at individuals who currently work or are interested in working in emergency management for local, state, or federal government, or in universities, schools, hospitals, nonprofits, or private businesses.

"There is a unique opportunity for emergency management professionals in our region given the intersection of the three states and several counties. Many of these counties are large enough to require they have their own emergency management office. This assures the need for professionals to fill these roles and allows for excellent learning and training opportunities,” said MPA alumnus Greg Preece, assistant city manager in Fairfield, Oh. and former assistant fire chief in Blue Ash, Oh.

The program is designed for the working professional: students can complete the 18-credit-hour program at their own pace over a time period of up to six years.

The certificate may be completed entirely online, or with a combination of online and in-person courses. It may be pursued on its own, or in concert with a MPA degree.

The program’s three core courses – 9 of the required 18 credit hours – are offered online. They are Homeland Security Administration (PAD 681), Emergency Management (PAD 682), and Terrorism (PAD 683). 

Elective courses are offered either online or on weekday evenings. They include a mix of lecture, seminar, small group, and service learning. Electives include: local government management, human resource management, volunteer management, managing nonprofit organizations, ethics and decision making, leading in diverse environments, and geographic information systems (GIS).

The NKU MPA program, which has been in existence for more than 25 years, has an extensive network of alumni who work in the emergency management field. They hold positions as managers in the FBI and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, directors of county emergency management offices, and fire chiefs and police chiefs.

Applications are now being accepted for the Emergency Management certificate program. Accepted students can start classes in the Fall, including Homeland Security Administration (PAD 681). For more information, please contact Missy Gish at gishm@nku.edu or visit mpa.nku.edu.