Credits Required: 18
The Homeland Security certificate program is well-suited for students who think quickly and strategically and want an exciting and rewarding career that allows them to help protect those in their community. During your studies, you will develop analytical thinking in order to safeguard criminal infrastructure and key resources as well as gain knowledge in a variety of areas including: terrorism and terrorist motivations, cyber security, fire management, pre-hospital emergency medical services, and weapons of mass destruction.
Personnel working in the Homeland Security and emergency management arena typically require an in-depth background check and a security clearance as they handle law enforcement sensitive information and national security materials on a regular basis.
First Semester - 9 Credits
Orientation to Homeland Security
The US has embraced the homeland security monolith having neither fully understood nor tamed all that it encompasses. This course provides a broad overview of homeland security and homeland defense as undertaken in the United States since 9/11. The goal is to provide the student with an overview of a generally accepted body of knowledge required of the homeland security professional. The course focuses on the enemy, why they hate us, and the threat they pose; the homeland security polices and procedures enacted since 9/11; the key players at the federal and state and local levels. Course consists of a 33 contact hour overview to Homeland Security, Emergency Preparedness and Response. Students will also take part in 12 contact hours of the DHS/FEMA online training for Incident Command System 100, 200, and National Incident Management System 700 and 800. DHS/FEMA certifications are issued following successful completion of these 4 courses and must be presented to instructor before the end of the class.
Domestic Terrorism & Home Security
This is an overview course focusing on the impact of the war on terrorism in the United States, on our citizens, our government, and on society. Topics to be examined will include how the war on terror has affected first responders; our aviation system, our federal law enforcement agencies, and the relationship between state and local government. Also included will be the topic of cyber-terriorism and how this threat has dramatically altered our country's approach to national security. 3-0-3
Intro to Phys Security & Deterrents
This course will concentrate primarily on the development and implementation of a Vulnerability Assessment program. The course explores the various idiosyncrasies that occur with the different types of facilities. The course will include a critical look at the various aspects of physical and cyber security to be considered and learn how to apply credibility and nuisance tests. Personnel access, traffic control and other mitigation measures will be covered. 3-0-3
Second Semester - 9 Credits
Homeland Security Grant Writing
This course will concentrate primarily on the development and implementation of a Homeland Security Grants Program. Students will learn of the wide array of funding sources, filing deadlines and of the wide variety of formats that may be required when seeking health and safety, critical infrastructure protection and public safety grants. The need for careful management, accountability and quality control of grants received will be re-enforced and a review of audit and best practice methodology will be reviewed. 3-0-3
Continuity of Operations Planning
This course is designed for a broad audience and incorporates the FEMA Online Class; IS 547 Introduction to Continuity of Operations and provides a working knowledge of the COOP. Topics include an overview of essential functions, delegation of authority, succession planning, alternate facilities, interoperable communications, vital records, directives and databases, and human capital. Student will prepare a COOP for a local business or government entity. 3-0-3
Cybersecurity: Law & Ethics
The course is designed to introduce the student to the dynamic of information security. Information security covers a broad range of areas; from keeping networks secure from hackers to protection of one's own personal information. Areas of study will include ethical, moral, and legal issues; industry and vendor specific certifications; encryption and decryption methods and protocols; and the security system design life cycle. The latest developments in information security and network security will also be covered. 3-0-3