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  • The mission of the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity (CEHC) is to support high-quality academic programs for undergraduate and graduate students, to produce new knowledge through innovative research, and to provide training and lifelong learning opportunities for professionals – all to help prepare for, protect against, respond to, and recover from a growing array of natural and human-caused risks and threats in New York State and around the world.

Diverse and Interdisciplinary Programming

Emergency preparedness, homeland security and cybersecurity are dynamic and diverse fields. Like security threats themselves, the work required to protect the nation is constantly changing and it cuts across numerous disciplines. The academic programs at CEHC will draw from several disciplines – including public administration, criminal justice, digital forensics, atmospheric science, public health, political science, computer science, informatics, and others – in order to fully equip students with the necessary and varied skills these fields require.

Experiential Learning

Classroom work will be supplemented by experiential learning opportunities, where through authentic simulations, work with real-world clients, and research in contemporary and highly relevant topics, students will further their classroom learning in an applied environment. University centers like the Center for Public Health Preparedness, the National Center for Security and Preparedness, and the Center for Information Forensics and Assurance, will help to provide research and training opportunities for students, academics, and professionals.

Research

The University at Albany is classified as a “Research University – Very High Research Activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. CEHC will strive to produce innovative, highly visible, and externally funded research – research that is conducted not just by CEHC faculty but through faculty-student collaborations and cross-disciplinary research groups. CEHC’s annual planning conference, “Setting the Agenda in Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity” ensures that the College’s research is relevant to CEHC’s public, private, and nonprofit partners.

Training

The University at Albany provides a significant amount of training in the areas of homeland security and emergency preparedness. For example, funded by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention since 2002, the School of Public Health’s Center for Public Health Preparedness provides highly relevant emergency preparedness training, resources, and assistance to public health professionals and their community response partners across New York State and the nation. Similarly, the School of Public Health’s Center for Public Health Continuing Education is nationally known for its distance learning training. Finally, CEHC’s National Center for Security and Preparedness supports the nation’s efforts to be secure from acts of terrorism and to be prepared to respond to disasters and other incidents of high consequence. The NCSP is also the program lead for the New York State Preparedness Training Center located in Oriskany, NY.

Partnerships

The challenges that these fields are working to address are complex and multi-faceted. They impact all levels of society and involve many individuals, organizations and agencies in the response efforts.   That’s why CEHC works to generate and sustain strong partnerships with a wide array of organizations – including collaborating UAlbany schools and colleges; external academic partners; and public, private and non-profit agencies – who are already making an impact in these fields.

The college leverages these partnerships through a “hub and spoke” model (illustrated below), through which the College serves as the hub, anchoring and supporting collaboration between the various spokes, which include academic units, state agencies, and private and non-profit organizations that are working in these areas.

These partnerships allow the college to draw from the expertise of a range of disciplines; create relevant academic programming; set a research agenda informed by input from the state and other public, private and non-profit organizations; and to minimize duplication by integrating existing academic and training offerings into the college’s programs.  

CEHC is always interested in expanding its partnerships to include other academic institutions with programs in emergency preparedness, homeland security and cybersecurity, as well as agencies, companies and organizations working in these areas. To discuss potential collaborations, please contact the College at CEHC@albany.edu.