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Hazards and Emergency Management

Program Description

Hazards and emergency management addresses issues in disaster mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. When a natural or manmade disaster occurs—extreme weather, a hazardous material leak, a terrorist attack—emergency managers have a plan in place to handle and resolve the issue. The University of Utah’s certificate blends interdisciplinary coursework on various threats with those associated with management, decision making, and human response in emergencies. Required classes cover natural disasters, terrorism, and emergency management; students can then choose electives in topics like severe weather, climate change, human factors, and crisis management. If you want to understand the fundamentals of environmental hazards, learn how to reduce their impact, and ultimately save lives, consider studying Hazards and Emergency Management.

Academic and Career Opportunities

Students seeking degree enrichment opportunities can join the Geography Club. Upon graduation, students can become emergency managers who work in city, county, state, and federal government or in the private and non-profit sectors. Careers as natural, technological, and social hazards researchers are also possible, in addition to work as planners and policy-makers.

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Exploratory Classes

  • GEOG 3310 - Intro to Natural Hazards
  • GEOG 3320 - Geography of Terrorism & Homeland Security 
  • GEOG 3340 - Geography of Disasters & Emergency Management