Homeland Security & Emergency Management
The Savannah State University (SSU) Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) program was established in 2007 and has grown to Fall 2016 enrollment of over 118. The SSU HSEM program is the 1st in the nation at a Historically Black College/University (HBCU), the only bachelor's degree program in homeland security and/or emergency management in the state of Georgia and, the only program in the region.
The HSEM program is built on the existing body of knowledge in homeland security and emergency management as well as current and developing research, with an emphasis on improving the resilience of communities and the infrastructure on which they and our nation depend.
The program has a strong retention, graduation, and job placement record. The program prepares students to move into public and private sector positions in these growing fields. Graduates from the program currently work with FEMA, FBI, state and local emergency management agencies and private industry such as Gulfstream Aerospace (a major Savannah employer).
The major leads to the bachelor's degree in homeland security and emergency management. Students must earn 125 hours to graduate, with 36 semester hours in major required courses and no requirement for a subject area minor.
A 15-hour minor in HSEM is available for students majoring in other disciplines. A certificate in Homeland Security and Emergency Management also is available.
Overview of the HSEM curriculum, including course descriptions, can be found here.
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HSEM program faculty:Emmanuel Nojang, Ph.D. (Program Coordinator)
Marion Bell. M.S.S
Meldon Hollis, J.D
Norbert Chandler, M.P.A
DHS Project Interns Reach Out
Two SSU DHS project interns have spent part of their summer conducting research on preparedness in Savannah neighborhoods. Michael Lovett and Demerius Mathis, under the supervision of Professor Terri Clay, have visited neighborhood and community association gatherings seeking survey responses about residents' understanding of hazards and their level of preparedness for hazards that could impact Chatham County.
SSU/DHS Project Addresses Understanding of Preparedness for Vulnerable Populations
Savannah State's Homeland Security and Emergency Management Program (HSEM) is leading a federally funded project for research and curriculum development related to improving disaster outcomes for vulnerable populations.
The $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will provide research support and support for SSU student fellowships and internships over a three-year period beginning January 2008. Research will focus on how to better help the most vulnerable populations -- economically disadvantaged residents, for example - prepare for disasters. The multi-disciplinary project will be coordinated with local emergency management and homeland security officials in Chatham County, Georgia, and is expected to provide information that will be of use locally and nationwide. It also will provide information for inclusion in HSEM classes, such as a course on social vulnerability to disaster.
The vulnerable populations project includes:
- Curriculum development activities include preparation of course content focused on integration of hazard analysis methods, allowing for comprehensive analysis of vulnerability combined with socioeconomic data. The program will use results from faculty research under this project and from DHS Centers of Excellence and other institutions, for development of instructional approaches to improve practice and education in the area of all-hazard planning for vulnerable and special needs populations.
- Research. Collaborative faculty research will analyze demographic data along with vulnerability and efficacy of various approaches to communicating hazard and protective measure messages to potentially impacted communities. Research will be conducted by an early career faculty member in social sciences with expertise in geographic information systems (GIS) and spatial analysis, in collaboration with faculty from the physical sciences and HSEM.
- Support for students and early career faculty. An early career faculty member, Dr. Deden Rukmana, will receive support for research in the area of social vulnerability to disasters, with the objective of generating tools to better reach specially vulnerable and disadvantaged populations. Students will be eligible for research fellowships to assist faculty with the project; also, undergraduate students will be eligible for support for HSEM internships.
SSU's Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) program is the only bachelor's degree in emergency management or homeland security in the state of Georgia and is the first in the nation at a historically black college/university. It is one of only a few programs in the nation that combines homeland security and emergency management studies in a comprehensive bachelor's degree program.