Major in Emergency Management

Offered by the Saint Louis University College for Public Health and Social Justice 

Download a fact sheet about SLU's undergraduate emergency management degree.

Saint Louis University Emergency Management Degree Overview

Saint Louis University's undergraduate emergency management degree will teach you the key skills needed to work effectively in high stress situations. The degree program, offered by SLU's College for Public Health and Social Justice, brings together multiple sectors including law enforcement, the military, emergency medical services, social services and the business community.

If you choose to major in emergency management at SLU, you'll select from three tracks that combine a liberal arts curriculum with emergency management and public health classes led by faculty with decades of emergency management experience. You'll also be encouraged to participate in internships with local and national organizations that are eager to involve SLU students studying emergency management in their work.

What You'll Learn in SLU's Emergency Management Program

In addition to a solid liberal arts education, you'll also take courses specific to emergency management. Examples include:
  • Fundamentals of Emergency Management introduces students to the history of emergency management in the U.S., as well as its current status and its future.
  • Public Health Issues in Emergency Management examines the growing threat and public health consequences of disasters and identifies public health interventions for emerging infections and bioterrorism, among other crises.
  • Mental Health Implications of Emergency Management provides an introduction to guidelines for attending the mental health needs of disaster victims and responders.

What Can You Do With an Emergency Management Degree from SLU?

Emergency management is among the fastest growing professions. If you graduate with a bachelor's degree in emergency management from SLU, you will have also completed all of the requirements for the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) certification, which many employers require for new positions.

From there, you may:
  • Be a part of international relief work with agencies
  • Work in government agencies at the local, state or national level
  • Perform hazard mitigation for a hospital
  • Lead emergency planning efforts for nonprofits
  • Coordinate disaster exercises to increase a community's preparedness
  • Serve as an emergency response coordinator for private businesses
  • Manage media relations during a crisis situation

Learn more about SLU's undergraduate admission requirementsscholarships and financial aid, or take our majors quiz to find other SLU undergraduate degrees that might interest you.

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