Impact Lives

MPH 656 Emergency Response and Recovery


Discover the complexities of preparing to be prepared.

Format: Online
Duration: 8 weeks

Hazards are real. Often devastating, they require a long recovery time. That's why mitigation planning is so important as communities and states look for ways to eliminate and reduce hazards or minimize the impact of disasters. MPH 656 Emergency Response and Recovery focuses on the basics of hazard and vulnerability assessment and how disaster planning evolves from the assessment process.

This course builds on your learning from MPH 650 Emergency Preparedness and Planning.

MPH 656 examines mitigation planning from the development, evaluation, implementation and deliverable perspective to illustrate why mitigation planning is important to protecting lives and property.

Throughout the course, relevant discussion topics will point out the challenges of mitigation planning and allow you to interact with fellow students and professors to analyze theories and mitigation strategies.

You'll explore future trends in hazard assessment, preparedness planning and mitigation. You'll use the knowledge you've gained to analyze the contents of a state-level Hazard Mitigation Plan to discover the complexities and importance of hazard assessment and planning.

What You'll Learn in MPH 656

This course is designed to illustrate the elements of mitigation planning from two perspectives. The first shows you how mitigation plans are developed, evaluated and implemented. The second perspective is to perform a review of a local mitigation plan and a state mitigation plan using the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) criteria developed to ensure plans are developed in a fair and consistent manner.

You'll learn about mitigation in the response phase of emergency management, which is concerned with planning activities that reduce and eliminate risks to responders and members of the public. You will explore the future of disaster mitigation and discuss the recent economic recession and its impact on mitigation and disaster preparedness funding in the United States.

Course Topics

Throughout this course, weekly topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Mitigation and Emergency Management
  • Preparedness and Mitigation Planning
  • Hazard Identification and Hazard Profile
  • National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) and Vulnerability Assessment
  • Mitigation and Response
  • Mitigation Strategy
  • Mitigation Plan Implementation and Maintenance
  • The Future of Disaster Mitigation

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of MPH 656 Emergency Response and Recovery, you will be able to:

  • Describe how mitigation and risk assessment contribute to emergency management programs and plans.
  • Describe the elements of mitigation plans:
    • Documentation of the Planning Process
    • Risk Assessment
    • Mitigation Strategy
    • Coordination of Mitigation Planning
    • Plan Maintenance Process
  • Explain the mitigation plan development and implementation processes.
  • Describe the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mitigation plan review process and criteria.
  • Analyze local and state mitigation plans to determine the adequacy of the plans and recommend improvements.

Request More Information

To learn more about the online Master of Public Health curriculum from Benedictine University, including Emergency Response and Recovery, call (866) 295-3104 to speak with a program manager or request more information.