The biosecurity and threat management concentration is a part of the Master of Arts in Emergency Management and Homeland Security is offered by the College of Public Service & Community Solutions through ASU Online. This program’s graduates will be well-prepared to utilize public policy and best applicable management practices within their professional areas to develop protection, mitigation and preparedness measures to prevent and/or minimize societal impacts of natural and human-made threats and hazards. Likewise, our graduates will be able to employ necessary management and leadership skills in guiding local or national response to and recovery from any potential emergencies,disasters and other related societal threats. The 33-credit hour program can be completed in as little as one year.
The biosecurity and threat management concentration provides motivated students with knowledge, skills and abilities to assume leadership and key management positions with public sector agencies (or related organizations) with operations and responsibilities in public health, homeland security, risk management, and several closely related fields. Biosecurity refers generally to policies and organizational practices related to protecting humans and animals from hazardous biological agents, whether they appear naturally or through malicious intent (e.g. bioterrorism).
This concentration area is designed to meet the career and professional development needs for those students interested in those fields. In additional to being relevant to public health agencies and general public safety agencies, the concentration is also well-suited for those interested in private sector organizations, such as positions managing emergency preparedness issues for private hospitals or general threat management services with a wide range of different private sector firms.