a highly skilled professional, we know you have received excellent
training in being able to respond to just about any emergency or
But what about working with other agencies?
Have you trained across disciplines to gain a better understanding of
what are the priorities and procedures of those organizations who will
be working side-by-side with you during and after a major disaster
If Katrina taught us anything -- it's that we all must all do a better
job of understanding the "bigger picture" -- understanding how all of
the different organizations work and operate in what will no doubt be a
highly-stressed, politically-charged environment. Successful management
of future disasters -- whether natural or man-made -- will only be
achieved if we all work and train well together.
That's why the University of North Carolina's comprehensive
online disaster management program may be right for you. Developed 10 years ago
by one of the top departments of Health Policy and Management in the country,
the CPDM certificate program has admitted over 300 students and has received
high praise from professionals in the field.
In Spring 2013, the program will move to it's new 3 course, nine credit
hour format to become more affordable for disaster management professionals,
while maintaining its academic and clinical credibility.
The program will continue to cover it all -- from understanding the current
issues facing disaster management to the analytical methods used to evaluate
risk, as well as the roles and responsibilities of federal, state and local
governmental agencies. We now have a catastrophic event in Hurricane Sandy, to
measure how well we have applied and improved from the lessons learned after
Our cohorts recruit professionals from a variety of backgrounds, thus providing
a rich environment of peer networking and learning. For example, it's not
unusual for us to have a class that includes veterinarians, fire and medical
responders, public health officials, military personnel and community leaders.
We not only encourage discussion among classmates, we also have you work
together on 16-week projects. By project's end, you understand why and how the
agencies around you plan and respond the way they do. In fact, some of the most
important information sharing comes out of these projects.
If you've been thinking about expanding your individual knowledge or you want
to advance your career in disaster management, this program is a perfect fit.
We run one cohort of students each year --
beginning every January. Our application deadline is November 13 for
If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Kim Sieler at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you still want to learn more about the program, please feel free to
use the navigation links at the top of the page or send us an email at email@example.com
If you would like to personally speak with our Program Director (Bill
Gentry), give him a call at (919) 966-4228 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Whatever you decide -- best of luck to you in your career and keep up
the great work you're doing. Disaster education programs are up and
coming, so when you decide you are ready to take the next step -- the
University of North Carolina will be waiting to hear from you!