Emergency Management

Saint Louis University's undergraduate major in emergency management will teach you the key skills needed to help communities prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from crisis 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.

Major in Emergency Management

In addition to a solid liberal arts education, you'll take courses specific to emergency management. 

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.

Upon completion of the bachelor's degree in emergency management, students will have completed a majority of the requirements for the International Association of Emergency Managers Certification (IAEM) and the Associate Emergency Manager (AEM). Many employers require this certification for new positions.

If you are interested in applying to medical school after graduation, an optional track combines traditional pre-med science requirements with emergency management courses.

  • BST 3100: Applied Biostatistics I
  • EPI 4000: Introduction to Epidemiology
  • HMP 1700: Fundamentals of Emergency Management
  • HMP 2700: Dissecting Disasters
  • HMP 2710: Public Health Issues in Emergency Management
  • HMP 2720: Emergency Management Technology
  • HMP 3700: Mental Health Implications of Emergency Management
  • HMP 4700: Advanced Emergency Management
  • HMP 4710: Disaster Exercise Design
  • HMP 4967: Seminar in Emergency Management
  • PUBH 3100: Public Health and Social Justice
  • PUBH 2100: Introduction to Global Health
Internships and Careers

Although degree credit is not given for internships, students are encouraged to participate in internships to further enhance their learning experiences at Saint Louis University. Students have completed internships with organizations such as NASA, regional fire departments, Salvation Army, American Red Cross and Express Scripts.

Graduates often pursue careers with:

  • International relief agencies
  • Government agencies at the local, state or national level
  • Hospital hazard mitigation
  • Emergency planning for nonprofits
  • Community preparedness groups
  • Emergency response coordination for private businesses
  • Crisis media relations firms

Emergency management courses at SLU are taught by faculty members from various disciplines, many of whom have decades of experience in emergency management and homeland security.

Minor in Emergency Management

A minor in emergency management gives students the basic skills they need to help communities prevent, respond to and recover from crisis situations. You will take 18 credit hours in topics such as dissecting disasters as you learn more about contemporary issues in the field of emergency management.

Real-World Experience

Volunteer with Local Aid Agencies 

Emergency management majors at SLU work as volunteers at organization around St. Louis such as the American Red Cross, Salvation Army or Catholic Charities, and with fire departments or emergency operations centers.