PSU Launches Emergency Management and Homeland Security Leadership Program

The Center for Public Service at Portland State University’s (PSU) Mark O. Hatfield School of Government is proud to announce that it is now offering an Emergency Management and Homeland Security Leadership Program, beginning in the Fall of 2012.

This professional program will provide a broad and strong foundation in the core concepts, contemporary practices, and theories of emergency management and homeland security.  The courses offered have been designed to provide state-of-the art education, tools, and leadership skills to help a broad range of emergency management and other professionals more effectively manage a wide range of emergencies.

Participants are expected to come from the public, private, and non-profit sectors, and will include professionals already working directly in the field of emergency management, persons who have assumed emergency management tasks in addition to their primary work functions, and those who wish to enter the growing field of emergency management.

The program’s six courses may be taken individually or as a series. Participants completing all six courses will receive an official Certificate of Completion, and will also be well positioned to earn additional certification (for example, from entities like the International Association of Emergency Managers).

The courses may be taken for upper-division undergraduate credit, graduate credit, or on a non-credit basis. Instruction will be provided by PSU faculty and by nationally recognized emergency management experts, in a format that combines the value of in-person interaction with the ease and convenience of online learning. With classroom sessions concentrated across several three- and four-day weekends, the sessions are designed to minimize the impact on full-time, working professionals.

The first classes begin in September. For more information about the program and how to submit your application, please visit