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									Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security and Emergency

                      Submitted by:

            Department of Public Administration
               College of Arts and Sciences
                Howard A. Frank, Contact
   I.   Certificate Description and Mission Alignment

The Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security and Emergency Management is designed to
provide critical analytic skills to “first-responders” and those in related fields. The certificate
will help professionals navigate a complex intergovernmental policy framework with an eye to
best practice allocation of scarce local and regional resources devoted to preventing or
mitigating the potential impacts of natural and manmade perils. Coursework will focus on the
roles and responsibilities of public, nonprofit, and private organizations in the context of South
Florida’s vulnerable operating environment. The content of this certificate is aligned with FIU’s
urban mission of providing engaged learning in its service area as well as the Departmental
mission of our accredited Master of Public Administration (MPA) program which primary
student body is in the local government sector.

   II. Rationale for New Certificate; Projected Number of Students and Community Need

Perhaps the most critical reason for adopting this certificate is our Department’s need to stay
current and relevant. Our accreditation body, the National Association of Schools of Public
Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) has recently noted that “A decade ago the role of the
internet, homeland security, and emergency preparedness were not key areas of focus for
public service organizations.”
The tragic events of “9/11,” the poor response of government and others to Hurricane Katrina
in 2005, and the ongoing insurance crisis we face in Florida as a result of the 2004 and 2005
seasons are stark reminders of why this topic is so critical. Our sister in the SUS, University of
Central Florida, has recently adopted a concentration in their MPA program and NASPAA has
estimated that nearly a quarter of its 300 members have developed or are in the process of
developing, similar concentrations.

South Florida is an extraordinarily vulnerable environment. We are Ground Zero for “Hurricane
Alley.” Our physical environment is difficult to patrol and inviting to terrorists. Our land use has
led to high population densities while critical demographics (an aging, poor, multi-lingual
citizenry) present further challenges. With two major counties and over sixty cities in our
service area, we believe that 10-15 recipients constitute a reasonable steady-state projection
within three years of development.

   III. Document Student Need and Community Demand

Historically, nearly 10% of our nearly 200 student MPA enrollment has been from the
Protective Services. We believe these students will provide an initial draw for the Certificate.
More importantly, and consistent with our rationale, we believe it will be readily marketable to
the police, fire, and emergency preparedness units within our catchment area. Our direct

competitors (FAU, Nova, St. Thomas) do not offer such a certificate. We believe this will give us
a leg up on these providers.

    IV. Required Credits

This will be an 18 hour certificate.

    V. Prescribed Required Courses and Other Requirements


All applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and
have an upper division GPA of at least 2. 75. Students must be admitted to the certificate
program. Admission to a certificate program does not constitute admission to the master’s
degree in Public Administration (MPA) program.

Note: Those students who apply for and are admitted to the Master of Public Administration
degree program may have certificate courses credited toward the MPA degree provided each
course has a grade of B or higher and the student is admitted to the master’s degree program
prior to the completion of no more than 12 Graduate Certificate credits.

Program of Study (18)

Required: (9 credits)

URP 5426        Emergency Management and Planning (3)
PAD 6XXX        Homeland Security Management for State and Local Government (3)
PAD 6053        Political, Social and Economic Context of Public Administration (3)

Electives: (9 credits)

Select 3 from the following:

PAD 6XXX        Homeland Security Risk Assessment (3)
PAD 6036        Policy Analysis and Program Planning (3)
PAD 6434        Leadership and Decision-making (3)
PAD 5934        Contemporary Issues in Public Administration (3)
PAD 6710        IT and E-government (3)
PAD 6717        GIS Applications for Urban Management (3)
PAD 5460        Productivity Improvement (3)

   VI. Resources Required

The Public Administration Program believes that no significant incremental resources will be
required for implementation of this certificate. Most of the courses offered in the certificate
are currently offered in the MPA, the exceptions being the recently approved Homeland
Security Management and Homeland Security Risk Assessment courses. We expect current
faculty to teach the latter. We will not need laboratory or other specialized space for
instruction. Brochures can be printed with desktop publishing already deployed by the

   VII. Budget Requirements

Not Applicable

   VIII. Program Committee

Professors Howard Frank and Emel Ganapati will serve as the Co-chairs of this Certificate.

   New Courses Deployed in the Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security and Emergency

PAD 6XXX, Homeland Security Management for State and Local Government, and PAD 6XXX,
Homeland Security Risk Assessment, were approved in Curriculum Bulletin #2 of November 4,
2008, subsequently passed via the Faculty Senate on December 2, 2008.


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