Emergency Services - GR (MSES)


MSES 510  Crisis Emergency Risk Communication  3 Credits (3,0)

This course focuses on communication during crisis in the context of emergency services. Students will analyze the goals of Crisis Emergency Risk Communications. The intended audiences of these communication efforts are emergency service workers at all levels of an organization.

MSES 520  Psychological Issues Among Emergency Service Personnel  3 Credits (3,0)

This course explores issues related to the reactions of emergency service personal responding to serious crisis events. It provides perspectives on psychological effects and covers supportive and practical assistance available in the aftermath of disasters as well as more commonplace critical events, e.g., dealing with the psychological aftermath of accidents, PTSD, robberies, suicide, homicide, drug related issues, or community violence. The course examines such issues from the perspective of emergency service personnel and organizations, including, working conditions unique to their respective positions, common and novel stressors inherent in their work, normal and abnormal adaptation to occupational stress and trauma, and research pertinent to resilience and recovery in emergency personnel. Students learn the effects of these issues on psychological functioning (cognitive and affective), risk factors and assessment, clinical intervention, operational support, the role of organizational culture and resources for follow-up care and treatment.

MSES 530  Statistics in the Public Sector  3 Credits (3,0)

Provides students with analytical knowledge and tools necessary to acquire, manage and analyze data from new and existing sources. Students will learn how to evaluate the quality of analyses conducted by others and how to communicate statistical data to decision-makers in the public sector.

MSES 550  Atmospheric Conditions in Emergency Services  3 Credits (3,0)

An overview of meteorological processes, focusing on the considerations and impacts of weather and climate in emergency management, planning, and services. Topics include: atmospheric structure and circulation, atmospheric kinematics and thermodynamics, mid-latitude and tropical cyclones, convective and non-convective weather features, local wind phenomena, climate, and fundamental concepts in weather analysis and forecasting. Assignments and projects will focus on application using internet-based weather products, providing the student with practical experience in making informed weather-sensitive decisions.

MSES 560  Ethics in the Public Sector of Emergency Services  3 Credits (3,0)

This course explores basic ethical principles with a specific focus on the public sector of emergency service occupations. Ethical challenges, as they relate to the emergency services, including both emergency related incidents and ethics that govern the operation of an emergency services department or public sector organization will be covered. Students will apply fundamental ethical theory to the real-world situations encountered in these occupations.

MSES 690  Capstone  3 Credits (3,0)

This master's degree program is designed for individuals seeking advanced knowledge in emergency services, hazard mitigation and preparedness, disaster response, recovery, and homeland security. With its emphasis on critical thinking, leadership skills and current research, the degree is most appropriate for those who wish to extend their education beyond foundational fire and emergency services science, theory and practice. The student will receive advanced knowledge in all parts of Emergency Services, Emergency Management, and Homeland Security. All three areas are components of disasters and large- scale events. This degree will prepare students for possible careers in fire and emergency services, disaster management, emergency management, higher education and research, public policy development, organization management, leadership, and terrorism response. The Capstone is the last course taken in the MSES program. All coursework must be complete before attempting the capstone.