Penn State's 33-credit online Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security Agricultural Biosecurity and Food Defense option prepares students to understand diverse agricultural and food supply systems, vulnerabilities, public health, and surveillance systems, while gaining the skills to protect, detect, mitigate, and treat widespread agricultural infectious disease.
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Course List - Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security - Agricultural Biosecurity and Food Defense Option
|Homeland Security Administration: Policies and Programs||HLS 801||Foundation for understanding homeland security history, the development of homeland security policies and organizations, and current management approaches.||3 credits|
|Homeland Security: Social and Ethical Issues||HLS 803||This course will examine the social, political, legal, and ethical issues that arise in the context of homeland security.||3 credits|
|Violence, Threats, Terror, and Insurgency||HLS 805||Provides an overview of the domestic and global issues related to homeland security.||3 credits|
|Agricultural Biosecurity: Protecting a Key Infrastructure||AGBIO 520||This course will explore intentional and unintentional threats to the agriculture food system, history, and current approaches for safeguarding this key infrastructure.||3 credits|
|Food Defense: Prevention Planning For Food Processors||AGBIO 521||This course will focus on hazards associated with the food supply, explore risk analysis/assessment systems and exercises, examine prevention strategies for intentional contamination of the food supply, and develop a food defense plan and examine crises management systems.||3 credits|
|Veterinary Infectious Disease Diagnostic and Surveillance Systems||AGBIO 801||This course will examine a wide range of animal health topics as it relates to infectious diseases, diagnostic systems, surveillance systems, epidemiology of those diseases, and effective responses in the case of an outbreak either naturally or intentionally caused.||3 credits|
|Plant Protection: Responding to Introductions of Threatening Pest and Pathogens||AGBIO 802||This course provides knowledge of plant biosecurity, plant disease, regulations, and technologies using case study examples.||3 credits|
|Disaster Communication||CAS 553||This seminar provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the multifaceted nature of disaster communication across phases of a disaster.||3 credits|
|Exploring Imagery and Elevation Data in GIS Applications||GEOG 480||An introductory-level course focusing on the use of remotely sensed imagery and elevation data in GIS applications.||3 credits|
|Intelligence Analysis, Cultural Geography, and Homeland Security||GEOG 571||The application of cultural geography in the intelligence analysis and synthesis process by identifying prominent threats to civil security.||3 credits|
|Natural Disasters||GEOSC 402Y||Case studies of the causes and consequences of natural disasters; analysis of disaster impact in different economic, cultural, and social conditions.||3 credits|
|Introduction to Homeland Security||HLS 401||This course provides foundational knowledge about homeland security, including policy, organization, and legal issues in the American context.||3 credits|
|Comparative Homeland Security and Related Methods||HLS 540||The course will address international cooperation in Homeland Security and compare select national approaches as well as teach related practical methods of analysis.
Prerequisites: HLS 801, HLS 803, HLS 805, P ADM 401, and P ADM 802 (In certain cases, students may be eligible for a prerequisite waiver based on prior academic or professional experience.)
|Disaster Psychology||HLS 558||Explores psychological impact of disasters and terrorist attacks on victims, families, rescuers, and society and methods of reducing negative effects.
Prerequisite: permission of the program
|U.S. Homeland Security Law||HLS 575||Analysis of Constitutional provisions, legislative enactments, executive directives and judicial decisions relating to homeland security.||3 credits|
|Internship Experience in Homeland Security Enterprise||HLS 595A||Provides real-world experience in the Homeland Security Enterprise. Supervision/support is provided by site personnel and Penn State graduate faculty.
Prerequisites: HLS 801, HLS 803 and HLS 805
|U.S. Military’s Domestic Imperative: Homeland Defense and Defense Support of Civil Authorities||HLS 832||Provides an overview of the homeland defense mission and domestic support of civil authorities during disasters, and the distinctions between the two.
Prerequisite: HLS 801
|Crisis, Disaster, and Risk Management||IST 564||This course examines the fundamental elements of crisis, disaster, risk, and emergency management.||3 credits|
|Introduction to Multisensor Data Fusion||IST 885||Understanding the concepts, techniques, and issues surrounding the fusion of information from multiple sensors and sources of data.||3 credits|
|Topics in Visual Analytics for Security Intelligence||IST 868||Introduces visual analytic techniques for security informatics and intelligence. Survey technical approaches for data analysis, threats and vulnerability, communicating risk.
Prerequisites: IST 516 or IST 552 or IST 554 or IST 562
|Project Management||MANGT 510||A problem-based, interdisciplinary course in project management skills and techniques needed to manage projects in a modern business environment.||3 credits|
|Public Health Evaluation of Disasters and Bioterrorism||PHP 527||Analysis of political terrorism as a violent alternative for peaceful change and traditional warfare in the nuclear age.
Prerequisite: CRIMJ 100 or PL SC 014 or permission of program
|Research Project||AGBIO 594||Culminating course; application of your homeland security studies in the form of a graduate-level project relating to agricultural biosecurity.||3 credits|