Emergency Management, Terrorism and Pandemic Response

Post-Secondary Programs
Credential Earned: Graduate Certificate
Campus: Timmins
Program Length: 2 Semesters

Program Codes
H101 (PC) – Timmins Campus

Find your future in the eye of the storm

Designed for current and aspiring disaster management professionals, Northern’s one-year Emergency Management Terrorism and Pandemic Response graduate certificate will give you the comprehensive skills you’ll need to manage operations during a major catastrophe.

Along with in-depth courses in disaster recovery, intelligence fundamentals, cybersecurity and AI, you’ll be immersed in a curriculum that has risk assessment, crisis communication, and legislative frameworks at its core.

Thanks to Northern’s Advanced Disaster Management Simulator (ADMS ) – you’ll practice effective and holistic protocols for just about every imaginable disaster – all in a virtual 3D environment.

It all adds up to you claiming a leadership role alongside government agencies, community stakeholders, and private partners, in a dynamic industry that’s evolving with every new challenge we face.

Contact Information

For questions about being admitted into the program, please contact Northern College Admissions at admissions@northern.on.ca or by phone at 705-235-3211 ext. 7222.

For questions about the content of the program, contact the Program Coordinator.

Michelle Gervais
Program Coordinator
Tel: 705-235-3211 ext. 2122
Email: gervaism@northern.on.ca

Admission Requirements

General Admission Requirements

Ontario College Diploma, Ontario College Advanced Diploma or Degree in the related field, OR related work experience in Emergency Management.

Applicants who have not completed a university degree or college diploma may be considered based upon relevant emergency management work experience and/or post-secondary credits achieved.

Additional Requirements for International Students

In addition to the general admission requirements, international students must have proof of English Proficiency and meet the requirements below.

1. Degree in a related field of study such as Medicine, Nursing, Law Enforcement, or Emergency Services

2. English Proficiency (we will require one of the following):

  • IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System – minimum overall band of 6.5 with no individual Band score under 6.0
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) – Computer based overall minimum score of 88, with the minimum of 22 in each component: Reading: 22; Listening: 22; Speaking: 22; Writing: 22.
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic – Graduate Diploma: 60+

All educational documents must be submitted in English and will be dependent on the country of citizenship.

For more information, please contact admissions@northern.on.ca.

Semester 1
EM1003 Crisis Communications and Information Management

This course examines and explores communication needs associated with contexts of heightened concern (e.g., crisis, conflict, disasters) that support individuals, organizations and communities making effective risk/benefit decisions, managing fear and uncertainty, and responding to crisis.

EM1023 Emergency Management

This course examines the relationship between hazards and disasters by exploring the historic and contemporary principles, policies, and legal frameworks guiding the field of practice. Analyzes different paradigms for conceptualizing the practice of disaster and emergency management.

EM1033 Hazards and Risk Assessment

This course examines the ongoing changing hazards of the 21st century and explores various approaches to disaster risk management used. The course consists of an in-depth exploration of hazard, vulnerability and resilience as well as analytic review of risk management frameworks that structure the assessment of hazards and their impacts on society.

EM2003 Intelligence Fundamentals

Intelligence gathering and analysis is an investigative process that supports investigators or operational units during the course of an investigation/disaster management. Through data collection and interpretation, the process of analysis allows analysts and investigators to make sense of assembled facts and discover the nature of relationships between seemingly unconnected elements. The course focuses on the intelligence process, critical thinking, and link analysis techniques. Learners will also apply various analysis techniques to a case study and prepare a criminal intelligence report based on that exercise.

EM2013 Vulnerabilities in Disaster

In this course, students will explore current issues, gaps and drivers for change within the emergency management realm while examining theories and the research of disaster and emergency management literature to understand criteria for best practices as well as for development of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery plans.

EM2073 Life Safety Education

In this course, students focus on community risk reduction with a focus on fire and life safety education. Students will explore the valuable resources needed and currently used in the field of life safety educators. Through successful completion of course content, students meet all requirements of Fire and Life Safety Educator I defined in Chapter 5 of the NFPA 1035 Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire and Life Safety Educator.

GN1443 Indigenous Culture and Awareness

This general education course will provide students with an introduction to Canadian Indigenous Nations’ history, sovereignty, land titles, cultural history and current critical issues. Topics addressed include the content of Indigenous rights, economic and social development, community and political processes, and business law and policies, justice & social services. Canadian Indigenous History and Relations is a general education course that has been incorporated into all programs at Northern College.

Semester 2
EM1043 Incident Management Systems, Operations and Leadership

This course is designed to create an understanding of key foundational concepts as well as how to implement during simple and complex incidents, including the management and understanding of all divisions within the IMS.

EM1053 Complex Project Management

This course prepares the student to lead and manage various disaster and emergency management projects by applying project management practices, principles, processes, tools and techniques to their work. Project managers must learn to work with the project team and other stakeholders to determine and apply best practices that will lead the project to overall success. By applying the appropriate combination of processes, inputs, tools, techniques, outputs and life cycle phases, students will learn the necessary skills to successful manage complex disaster and emergency projects within prevention, preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery phases.

EM2023 Cybersecurity

This course introduces the student to key cybersecurity concepts and focuses on securing data and limiting the disruption of operations. Students will learn to identify and assess cybersecurity threats ranging from cyber terrorism to cyber bullying. Students will also examine strategies for protecting information and systems at both individual and business levels, as well as the roles played by law enforcement and the legal system in combating cyber issues.

EM2033 Pandemic and Mass Casualty Planning

This course will lead the students through exploring the complications of a public health crisis, this course explores the challenges surrounding the ability to prepare, plan and respond to pandemic health disasters as well as mass casualty events. A review of multiple case studies and lessons learn will provide students with the tools and resources needed to prepare and manage such an event.

EM2043 Terrorism Response and Recovery

The Terrorism Response and Recovery course prepares the student to understand the ongoing challenges posed by the threat of domestic/international terrorism, understand the history of terrorism, and explore terrorists’ motives and methods. Students will also review the implications of this new reality on emergency preparedness, management and response actions.

EM2053 Emergency Exercise Design

Beginning with an overview of the basic concepts surrounding exercise design, this course prepares the student to design, conduct, control, evaluate and implement table-top emergency exercises

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