Learn to build sustainable, resilient communities and secure them for our future. In a time of great environmental change, it’s no longer an option - but a necessity- for communities and organizations to learn to respond without significant, long-lasting adverse effects.
Does your organization or community have the resilience to survive when catastrophe strikes?
Preparing and responding to crises hitting simultaneously are the new normal. The COVID-19 global pandemic may have been one of the first incidents in this century to impact the entire global community, but it certainly won’t be the last. Recent events show the vulnerability of communities worldwide including:
- Wildfires in California and Australia
- Extreme rain throughout the country
- Agricultural fields flooded in the Midwest
- Extraordinary heat and cold events
- Threats to drinking water and sewage treatment, along with electrical grid and supply chain failures, in the wake of natural disasters
Lead Your Organization
Many organizations are unprepared to address these unprecedented challenges that impact all sectors of public management over time, including sea level rise, extended drought, extreme weather events and natural disasters, human migration, globalization, and rapid urbanization. This degree will build your capacity to lead your organization or community, with the capabilities necessary to assess, prepare and effectively respond.
Built for Working Professionals
• Pursue your degree fully online
Complete the program at your own pace, taking two classes each semester wherever you are located, in a fully asynchronous format.
• Earn skills and credentials while you learn
The five-semester (18 month) program consists of three stackable certificates and a capstone including: Community Risk and Resilience, Environmental Change Management and Leadership, and Planning Resilient Systems.
• Immediately apply new skills to your career
Complete a capstone in Resilient Infrastructure and Communities and develop a community resilience plan for your organization or community.
Expand Your Career Opportunities
Mid-career employees with this degree have a variety of career opportunities, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a growing demand in the field. Specific professions who could benefit include:
- City and community planners
- Regional development personnel
- Elected local officials
- Government agency staff - Including departments of transportation, agriculture, housing, and natural resources, Homeland Security and emergency services planners, National Guard and national security practitioners
- Community health workers
- Veterans and active-duty military
- Private-sector and nonprofit leaders
- Scientists/researchers transitioning into leadership roles that demand new skills in communication and public policy