Individuals serving in public safety careers focus on the prevention of and protection from events that could endanger the safety of the general public. They are specifically charged with keeping the general public from significant danger, injury/harm, or damage, such as crimes or disasters (natural or man-made). These critical services are typically provided by a core of emergency service agency personnel from emergency medical services, fire department and law enforcement. The administration and management of these services require strategic planning, preparedness strategies, inter-agency coordination and fiscal management skills. There are other agencies and organizations that contribute to the safety of the public as well. They include careers in: animal control, code enforcement, consumer protection, transportation, health services, traffic administration, utility inspection, parking enforcement and many more. The public relies upon these and a variety of other individuals and services to provide general safety and security in everyday life.

The Public Safety Administration and Management (PSAM) program concentration is designed for the public safety professional. It will provide the public safety professional with the knowledge and skills necessary to work with the general public, manage change in an organization, create innovation in organizations and utilize communication skills to solve social and organizational problems.

The target audiences for this concentration are the working professionals in emergency management services, fire and rescue services, law enforcement, corrections, homeland security, the armed forces, and other public safety professionals. This concentration focuses on the industry specific knowledge that the field requires. The PSAM concentration provides the student with the administrative and management skills, knowledge and abilities that are required for career advancement. This concentration is also designed to directly benefit the nontraditional populations and working public safety professionals who are seeking a career or promotional advancement in the public safety industries. The curriculum integrates training in administration, leadership and management applications with a moral and social perspective that prepares the public safety professional to make sound value judgments in their professional and personal lives.

Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the Public Safety Administration and Management concentration will be professionally prepared to:

  • Solve management and administrative problems
  • Implement, manage and fine-tune strategic plans
  • Analyze and apply concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and trends in public safety
  • Use data to understand, analyze and communicate public safety policies, practices and procedures
  • Enhance human resource potential
  • Increase agency productivity, and
  • Address internal organizational issues in numerous public safety organizations including law enforcement agencies, fire departments, emergency management services agencies, and the military.

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