Why Emergency and Disaster Management?
Students interested in emergency management want to do the greatest good, for the greatest number of people. Our program focuses on two important areas: course work and field work. Our courses are designed to meet the needs of individuals interested in the field, while also allowing students to specialize their courses to match their future career. To see this list of courses click HERE.
Our course work is designed to provide students with the knowledge necessary to operate in the field of emergency management. We believe it is important to supplement this course work with practical applications in the field. The EDM major requires three credit hours of internship, and three credit hours of field experience. Northwest is also host to the Missouri Hope Exercise, a full scale field training exercise that incorporates over 20 first responder agencies and non-profit organizations, and 12 higher education institutions throughout the Midwest. To see what Missouri Hope is all about check out this video:
Northwest also partners with the Consortium for Humanitarian Service and Education. This is a grouping of universities and organizations across the United States that share Northwest’s passion for field experience, and host similar field training exercises. Northwest students have the opportunity to participate and staff these exercises on a yearly basis. To find more about CHSE, click HERE.
Our faculty are not only educators but are also first responders and volunteers within our local community. Our faculty are active within the following organizations:
- Maryville Fire Department
- Nodaway County Ambulance District
- Nodaway County Rescue
- Nodaway County Mass Casualty Response Squad
- Northwest Missouri Chapter of the American Red Cross
- Team Rubicon
- House of Hope Haiti
- NWMSU Campus CERT Team
For more information on the major and minor in the Emergency and Disaster Management Program, please see our Academics page or the current Undergraduate Catalog.
Or contact the program coordinator, John Carr, or DH Northwest.