63 - Number of undergraduates who earned a degree 2015-16
56 - Number of MPA graduates in 2015-16
57 - Number of MNM graduates in 2015-16
5 - Number of M.S.-URP graduates in 2015-16
17 - National ranking of the MNM program by U.S. News and World Report
63 - National ranking of the M.P.A. program by U.S. News and World Report
13 - Number of MRA graduates in 2015-16
193 - Total number of degrees awarded by SPA in 2015-16
School of Public Administration
College of Health and Public Affairs
University of Central Florida
4364 Scorpius Street Orlando, FL 32816-1395
Vision of the EMHS Program
Our vision is to positively impact the community and create
leaders within the emergency management and homeland security
Mission of the EMHS Program
The Emergency Management and Homeland Security Graduate
Certificate program seeks to provide the highest quality
graduate emergency management and homeland security education to
current and prospective public, private, and nonprofit sector
students. Innovative instruction is provided through a mix of
face-to-face and online curriculum, and faculty work with
students in conducting scholarly and applied research in the areas
of emergency management and homeland security. A blend of
theoretical and practical knowledge is a strong component of the
program that is demonstrated through service learning projects,
internships, and hands-on training with the local emergency
As a program, the EMHS program adheres to the values set in
place in the University of Central Florida Creed. These values
Integrity: We practice and defend academic and personal
Scholarship: We cherish and honor learning as a fundamental
purpose of our membership in the UCF community.
Community: We promote an open and supportive college
environment by respecting the rights and contributions of every
Creativity: We use our talents to enrich the human
Excellence: We strive toward the highest standards of
performance in any endeavor we undertake.
The EMHS program also has additional values based on the College
of Health and Public Affairs and expectations of faculty and
Collaboration: We work to promote collaboration with
practitioners in the area to create a more well-rounded educational
experience for our students and opportunities for growth for our
Diversity: No matter what race, gender, ethnicity, religious
beliefs, or sexuality, we strive to create a welcoming and open
program for all who study and work with us.
Expansion of Knowledge: We value learning for both our students
and faculty. Each experience should teach something new and forward
Professional Excellence: We work each day to expand the fields
of emergency management and homeland security and improve their
standards of practice.
The Strategic Planning Process
The Emergency Management and Homeland Security Advisory Board,
faculty, staff, alumni, and students actively participated in this
process to guide the direction of the program. Participants
completed an assessment of the strengths, weaknesses,
opportunities, and threats facing the EMHS program. They then
identified strategic issues facing the program and organized them
into four goal areas.
Committees were formed around each goal area to create
objectives, strategies, and indicators. The Emergency Management
and Homeland Security Advisory Board reviewed and approved the plan
in June 2014. The plan reflects nearly a year of work and efforts
by multiple stakeholders who are dedicated to UCF's EMHS program.
The objectives and indicators of the four strategic goals are
discussed at each Advisory Board meeting.
Strategic Plan 2014-2019
The EMHS program's current goals and objectives include the
Goal 1: Establish a quality curriculum that
integrates experiential learning, related to the program's core
Evaluate the minor and graduate certificate curriculum for
experiential learning; utilize the established curriculum maps to
adjust course syllabi, based on the core competencies, to integrate
one service-learning project.
Develop new contracted community partnerships to assist with
the development of internships and service-learning projects.
Require basic FEMA course completion for admission into
Develop a research fellow program for graduate students,
utilizing the Advisory Board as placements/mentors, in partnership
with the Center for Public and Nonprofit Management.
Strengthen the partnership with the regional private/public
entities to collaborate on emergency management opportunities.
Goal 2: Create and expand reliable funding
sources to enhance the mission of the program.
Establish a funding account.
Increase the amount of outside funds received.
Create a student scholarship fund that will be specifically for
Goal 3: Increase awareness and recognition of
Increase student participation in UCF, local, state, and
national research gatherings.
Integrate assignments into the curriculum that are able to be
utilized for submission to publications (academic and
Increase the amount of Ph.D. students involved in publishing in
the EMHS field through independent studies, fellowships and
Create a marketing plan for outreach to high school students,
incoming undergraduate and graduate students.
Generate influential and statistical marketing materials that
targets graduate students.
Create an alumni database and social media pages.
Gather alumni video/written testimonials to emphasize the
success of the program on social media sites.
Goal 4: Establish partnerships with private,
public, and nonprofit agencies.
Communicate the importance of UCF's EMHS program to the
Collaborate with community partners and EMHS students/staff to
participate in public drills that demonstrate the importance of