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The Emergency Management and Continuity Planning (EMCP) Certificate Program provides participants with interdisciplinary training with an emphasis on "real" world experience. The courses that comprise the certificate are designed and presented by leading experts in the field in order to help individuals develop and refine their emergency management and continuity planning skills.


Continuing Education

A baccalaureate degree from an accredited university is the minimum requirement for admission to the EMCP certificate. Application to the University of Illinois at Chicago is required for admission to the EMCP certificate program. Students must apply by completing the Graduate Certificate Program online application.


Welcome to the EMCP page of Continuing Education. The EMCP program and the UIC-EOHS-SPH division is offering a number of online training classes for emergency management professionals. For more details about these classes visit the below links:

  • Course Platforms:

    UIC Blackboard Learn and Adobe Connect; 60 minutes of project work is expected for each course session.

  • Course Schedule:

    The course will take place over five weeks with two, 90-minute synchronous sessions on day 1 with one 90-minute synchronous session each week for the remaining four weeks.

    Day 1. SADA Basics – Windows--based freeware designed to integrate scientific models with decision and cost analysis frameworks in a seamless, easy to use environment.

    Day 1. Initial Sample Designs – Introduction to classic sampling designs including random, aligned and unaligned grids, targeted designs, search designs, and calculation of number of samples. These methods are applicable to surface and subsurface.

    Day 2. Importing Data into SADA – Data input of soil, sediment, surface water, groundwater, air, biota, and background data. Case studies.

    Day 3. Data Exploration and Statistics –Data plots, GIS overlays, spatial data screens, Polygon Selection/Cutaways. In addition, exploring univariate statistics and non-parametric hypothesis testing. Case studies.

    Day 4. Basic Spatial Analysis –Spatial estimation and uncertainty, correlation modeling, and customizing criteria. Case studies

    Day 5. Decision Analysis – Presentation of decision frameworks to tie the previous methods together in a rigorous framework that can provide a defensible and transparent path to a remedial decision. Basic issues in developing remedial designs are covered. Case study.

  • Contact Hours:

    14 SPH/LEHP Contact Hours Provided with ERC Course Certificate. Dates: Thursdays:
    May 9, 1:00 PM Central Time – SADA Basics
    May 9, 3:30 PM Central Time – Initial Sample Designs
    May 16, 1:00 PM Central Time – Importing Data into SADA
    May 23, 1:00 PM Central Time – Data Exploration and Statistics
    May 23, 1:00 PM Central Time – Data Exploration and Statistics and June 6, 1:00 PM Central Time – Decision Analysis

  • Location:

    Internet based course.

  • Contact Details:

    Marilyn Bingham, MS, at or 312-996-6904