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UCF Offers FEMA-Recognized Emergency Management and Homeland Security Graduate Certificate

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By Zenaida Gonzalez Kotala

As fires burn in Florida and Northern California, floods ravage Iowa and tornadoes rip through the Midwest, the University of Central Florida is taking a leadership role in preparing people who will manage government responses to disasters.

UCF's College of Health and Public Affairs this month began offering a new graduate certificate in Emergency Management and Homeland Security.

The program, recognized by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, prepares graduate students for careers in the administration of emergency management and homeland security. Those enrolled also may pursue emergency management careers with private and nonprofit entities. The first class, which began this summer, is at capacity with 30 students enrolled.

"There is increased demand in every level of government for individuals with experience, training and education in Emergency Management and Homeland Security," said UCF Associate Professor Naim Kapucu, one of the certificate program's founders.

Emergency management-related occupations are among the fastest growing in the nation. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 28 percent increase between 2002 and 2012 in these kinds of occupations.

The 18-hour program will cover foundations in emergency management and homeland security, managing crises and working across government agencies. The graduate certificate program adds to the Department of Public Administration offerings, which include a minor in emergency management and homeland security.

Those interested in admissions into the graduate certificate program can visit  click here.

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