Integrated Emergency Management (IEM)

Identify threats, assess risk, and organize the implementation of interagency, integrated emergency preparedness solutions to enhance resilience of the nation.

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4 Years


Degree Programs
Program TitleIntegrated Emergency Management
Exit Award(s)Associate Degree / Diploma

Higher Diploma

Bachelor of Science

Academic Unit offering the programFaculty of Resilience
Program ChairDr. Matthew Ellis
Duration2 – year Associate Degree / Diploma

3 – year Higher Diploma

4 – year Bachelor of Science

No. of Credits60 credits – Associate Degree / Diploma

90 credits – Higher Diploma

120 credits – Bachelor of Science

Delivery Site(s)Rabdan Academy
Mode(s) of DeliveryFace-to-Face (maximum of up to 25% online courses)
Mode(s) of StudyFull-Time / Part-Time


The program prepares graduates as leaders who are able to manage a multidisciplinary team in the application of standard, ethical, practices, procedures, and technologies to identify threats, assess risk, and implement organisational, interagency, integrated emergency management solutions to enhance resilience of the nation.

The Integrated Emergency Management program builds national resilience capacities through courses on standard practices, procedures and technologies to collect information, conduct risk assessment, and develop effective plans for emergency management, response, leadership, relief, and recovery. Through a combination of lectures, discussion, simulation exercises, and applied real-world scenarios, students learn team organisation, professional ethics, interagency operations, and resilience through the core principles of contemporary relevance, integration, cooperation, multi-agency coordination, and interoperability. Graduates are leaders who contribute to the safety, security, defence, emergency preparedness, and crisis management (SSDEC) for resilience of the nation.

  • Have relevant technological skills, knowledge, and abilities for employment as a manager in the SSDEC sector.
  • Work, lead, and communicate effectively in a team to achieve common goals.
  • Apply standards, ethical practices, procedures, and technologies to collect information, conduct risk assessment, and develop effective programs.
  • Implement organisational, interagency solutions to strengthen the SSDEC community and build national resilience capacities.
  • Expand knowledge and capabilities through continuing education, certification, and other lifelong learning opportunities.
  • Fulfil civic duties and responsibilities through local, national, or global service.
  • Develop knowledge of principles, theory and frameworks applicable to solving problems related to organizational integrated emergency management.
  • Apply research methodologies and techniques to identify the broader role that organisational integrated emergency management plays in the resilience of the nation and society as a whole.
  • Analyse the organisational, legal, social and ethical problems relevant to organisational integrated emergency management and formulate resilience-based solutions.
  • Communicate effectively through written and oral methods comprehensive risk management practices as the basis for developing integrated emergency management
  • Work independently in a collaborative setting to generate innovative solutions for complex crisis situations within integrated emergency management
  • Take responsibility for self-improvement to foster a life-long learning culture.
  • Apply integrated emergency management knowledge, skills and abilities including the ability to synthesize different or conflicting ideas to formulate effective data driven outcomes.


Program Courses that are approved for Optional Online Delivery
IEM100Introduction to IEM
IEM101Introduction to Risk Management
IEM103Emotional Intelligence & Personal Resilience
ISL100Islamic Studies (Gen Ed – HFA)
EMS100Emirates Studies (Gen Ed – HFA)
IEM201Introduction to Crisis Leadership/SSDEC Planning
IEM202Creating Emergency Management Plans
IEM203Introduction to Emergency Response
SEC320Resilience Program Validation
SEC307Working with the Media in Emergencies


Semester One

Semester (1)
CodeNameCreditsPre Req
IEM100Introduction to IEM3
SEC100Introduction to Academic Studies  (Gen Ed – SBS)3
MTH101General Education Mathematics (Gen Ed – NSM)3
ENG210English 2 (Gen Ed)3
IEM103Emotional Intelligence & Personal Resilience3


Semester (2)
CodeNameCreditsPre Req
IEM101Introduction to Risk Management3
ISL100Islamic Studies (Gen Ed – HFA)3
BCM100Introduction to BCM3
EMS100Emirates Studies (Gen Ed – HFA)3
HUM100 Ethical Studies (Gen Ed – HFA)3


Semester (3)
CodeNameCreditsPre Req
IEM201Introduction to Crisis Leadership/SSDEC Planning3IEM100
IEM205Introduction to GIS3
IEM202Creating Emergency Management Plans3IEM100
IEM203Introduction to Emergency Response3IEM100
ARA100Arabic Studies (Gen Ed – HFA)3


Semester (4)
CodeNameCreditsPre Req
ENG310English 3 (Gen Ed)3ENG210
SEC290Fundamentals of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Gen Ed – SBS)3
Elective 13
Elective 23
Elective 33


Semester (5)
CodeNameCreditsPre Req
IEM301Disaster Relief and Recovery3IEM203
MGT100Management Fundamentals (Gen Ed – SBS )3
SCI100Environment, Health and Safety (Gen Ed)3
IEM204Tactical Emergency Management3
Elective 43


Semester (6)
CodeNameCreditsPre Req
SEC320Resilience Program Validation3IEM202/ BCM202
SEC307Working with the Media in Emergencies3
IEM401Strategic Integrated Emergency Management3
SEC303Introduction to Research Methods360 cr
Elective 53


Semester (7)
CodeNameCreditsPre Req
SEC210Systems and Technologies (Gen Ed)3
IEM402Emergency Operation Centre Management3IEM204/ IEM201
SEC401Workplace Secondment/Internship3
Elective 63
Elective 73


Semester (8)

CodeNameCreditsPre Req
IEM403Comparatives Approaches to IEM3IEM401
SEC490Project in SSDEC Management381 credits
Elective 83
Elective 93
Elective 103


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