Homeland Security Specialist Certificate Program

MyCAA Course Information

Course Code: MYCAA-CJ-HSS
Program Duration: 6 Months
Course Level: Advanced
Mentor Supported: Yes

Course Overview

This program is designed to prepare successful students to work in various Homeland Security agencies at a local, state or federal level. Specifically for those students whose career-focus is in counter-terrorism, counter-intelligence, national security or government security, this program is a great way to examine new and different subject areas within this growing field. The program provides an overview of the elements involved in the homeland security function, as well as the challenges critical infrastructure managers in government and industry can/will face while maintaining mission operations and staff accountability in the midst of multiple overlapping roles and responsibilities in our rapidly changing world.

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Course Description

With the onset of terrorism and heightened threats both at home and abroad, Homeland Security is a growing, increasingly complex field within the Criminal Justice field. Homeland security professionals address key functions of threat prevention, crisis response, and operations recovery. Given that homeland security is a responsibility shared by a number of different government agencies, professionals in this field require cooperation from all sides including the private sector and individual citizens. Ideal for anyone entering law enforcement, private security or public administration, this course provides students with an overview of homeland security issues, threats and emergency management to ensure they understand the context within which their roles and responsibilities contribute to the overall effort to deter and mitigate against the effects of these new threats.

Program Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

Compare national security policy before 9/11 with changes to that policy as a consequence of 9/11 and the formation of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Describe the purpose and organization of the DHS

Explain the concept of terrorism

Examine the use of intelligence

Analyze intelligence

Describe critical infrastructure and key resources

Examine cyber terrorism

Examine how transportation systems are at risk and protected from terrorist threats

Examine the effects of terrorism on public health

Describe the purpose and structure of the National Response Framework (NRF)

Describe the U.S. approach to emergency management

Describe the Incident Command System (ICS)

Describe how incident response situations are managed

Describe the purpose, structure, and function of the ICS

Write a response plan to an emergency situation

Describe the ethical considerations involved in homeland security issues

Describe the use of communication technologies in emergency situations

Examine the role of various fields in preparing for and responding to emergencies

Describe the role of higher learning institutions in preparing graduates for understanding their role in homeland security

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