Endorsed by the GCC Emergency Management Center (EMC), the Gulf-focused executive master’s in Emergency & Disaster Management (EDM-GCC) program offers a unique combination of online learning and on-site residencies to provide participants with a thorough understanding of this evolving field. Students progress through the one-year program as a cohort, completing five courses that focus on various facets of the emergency management field.

During each course, the cohort comes together for a six-day, on-site group residency that integrates critical thinking exercises, hands-on practice, and engagements with some of the world’s top industry experts and organizations. In between these residencies, students engage in online study, developing a deeper understanding of key concepts and industry best practices through individual coursework, readings, and group discussions.

Explore the Five Courses

The launch of the first cohort for the EDM-GCC program is planned for August 2017, with the program running until August 2018. Explore the tentative dates, residency locations, overviews, and learning objectives of the first five courses below.


MPEM-501: Theory & Regional Collaboration Framework

Course: Theory & Regional Collaboration Framework
Dates & Residency Location: Online: August 30 - October 23, 2017*
On-site residency in Doha, QatarSeptember 16-21, 2017*

Study the strategic, operational, and legal frameworks of a regionally based emergency management organization. Analyze the processes and relationships that define interagency and international cooperation, including the sharing of technology and information, the differing roles between leadership of and support to an emergency response operation, international logistics, and region-wide risk assessment.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the evolution of the emergency management system and public expectations and perceptions.
  • Develop the capacities to respond to emergencies and disasters within legal frameworks and guided by legal doctrines.
  • Identify and apply the critical thinking and analytical skills necessary to lead in a multidimensional environment.

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MPEM-601: Natural & Technological Hazards & Disasters

Course: Natural & Technological Hazards & Disasters
Dates & Residency Location: Online: October 25 - December 18, 2017*
On-site residency in Muscat, OmanNovember 11-16, 2017*

Explore the multidimensional issues surrounding the planning for and response to disaster events caused by natural hazards, such as severe weather, geophysical events, and slow-onset disasters, as well as those caused by technological hazards, including hazardous material spills or explosions and critical infrastructure failures.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the disaster cycle and its relationship to existing doctrines.
  • Compare and contrast psychological and physical infrastructure aspects of events with notice and events without notice (a hurricane versus an earthquake, for example).
  • Identify the implications of underlying community conditions on risk communication throughout the disaster cycle.

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MPEM-701: Terrorism & Man-Made Disasters

Course: Terrorism & Man-Made Disasters
Dates & Residency Location: Online: January 10 - March 5, 2018*
On-site residency in Washington, D.C.January 22-27, 2018*

Explore the challenges associated with Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNE) incidents, as well as mass shooting events and cyber attacks. Examine and understand the possibilities and limits of current and emerging technologies in the detection of and response to such incidents.

Learning Objectives:
  • Compare and contrast deliberate acts of terrorism to other types of disasters with respect to risk perception, public reaction, incident management, hazard characterization, triage, public health and first responders/first receivers.
  • Understand the challenges related to quantifying and communicating the risks for frequency/magnitude or high consequence/low probability events and identify mechanisms for promoting civic responsibility and overcoming apathy.
  • Recognize the role of technology and its limitations in the decision-making process.

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MPEM-801: Public Health & Humanitarian Crises

Course: Public Health & Humanitarian Crises
Dates & Residency Location: Online: March 14 - May 7, 2018*
On-site residency in Washington, D.C.: March 26-31, 2018*

Approach the complexities of public health and humanitarian crises from local, regional, and global perspectives. Study emerging health security threats to GCC member countries that could result in short- and long-term damage to critical public health infrastructure. Explore management strategies for public health emergencies—such as infectious disease epidemics and pandemic events—that may overwhelm response capacity.

Learning Objectives:
  • Classify “Public Health Emergency” and other discrete definitions of crisis and disaster by description, lead agency, and control authority, including the World Health Organization and the International Health Regulations.
  • Identify local and regional collaborative contingency strategies to protect critical public health infrastructure and provide alternative sources.
  • Differentiate Public Risk Communication from Crisis Communication through pre-event, event, and post-event disaster and emergency phases. 

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MPEM-901: Capstone

Course: Capstone
Dates & Residency Location: Online: May 21 - August 19, 2018*
On-site residency in Doha, QatarAugust 11-16, 2018*

Integrate the knowledge developed throughout the program into a challenging capstone experience that demonstrates a mastery of the concepts taught during the first four courses.

Learning Objectives:
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply emergency and disaster management knowledge in a professional environment.
  • Participate in scenario-based exercises to demonstrate a mastery of applying emergency management skills under fire.
  • Create project work that will showcase the knowledge and skills acquired through the program.

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* All dates for the courses and residencies are tentative. Although this calendar was prepared on the basis of the best information available at the time of publication, all information, including statements of tuition and fees, course offerings, locations, dates and deadlines is subject to change without notice or obligation. Please contact the program for updates.

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