Penn State Harrisburg

Homeland Security Update II

P ADM 597A.201
Schedule No: 
Summer 2015 - Session 2
Penn State Harrisburg
Academic School: 
Public Affairs

Course meets 8/3/15 - 8/7/15.

  • M 11:30 AM - 8:00 PM
  • TWR 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • F 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Course Overview

Based on an all-hazards approach, this intensive residential short course provides a cross-disciplinary overview of current trends and research in homeland security and its evolving mission space – including in comparison to other countries, as well as in the overarching perspective of civil security. The course has a modular structure with lectures and micro-seminars given by Penn State faculty and guest lecturers, including those from the U.S. Homeland Security Enterprise and international experts. The course also comprises excursions, interactive syndicate group work, and networking receptions. 

This short course is offered by Penn State Harrisburg’s School of Public Affairs, the academic home of Penn State Homeland Security Programs, including the Intercollege Master of Professional Studies Program in Homeland Security (iMPS-HLS). The iMPS-HLS is ranked the second best online homeland security program in the U.S. by  

Short Excursions

The course includes a short excursion to the Pennsylvania Criminal Intelligence Center (Fusion Center) in Harrisburg and to the Dauphin County Emergency Management Agency, with expert briefings.

Lecturers include

  • Course Director: Alexander Siedschlag, Ph.D., Penn State, Professor of Homeland Security and Chair of Homeland Security Programs
  • Gene Lengerich, V.M.D., Penn State Hershey, Professor of Public Health Sciences
  • Gregory Thomas, Ph.D., Penn State, Professor of Practice of Geospatial Intelligence
  • Robert F. Kabata, MPS, Public Health Preparedness Coordinator, Bureau of Public Health Preparedness, Department of Health, Harrisburg, PA
  • Steve Libhart, Director, Dauphin County Emergency Management Agency
  • Lloyd Mitchell, Ph.D., ECSU – Elizabeth City State University, Department of Health and Physical Education; DHS CREATE Center of Excellence
  • Juha Hintsa, Ph.D., Director, Cross-border Research Association, Switzerland
  • David Leigh, President & Co-founder, Rofori Corporation
  • Michel F. Bosco, Ph.D., Deputy Head of Unit, Policy and Research in Security, European Commission, European Union
  • and others

Course Topics include

  • State of homeland security overview
  • Intelligence for homeland security
  • Recent risk and threat assessment and homeland security response capability
  • Critical infrastructure vulnerability and risk assessment  (with an on-campus case  study)
  • Process control for cybersecurity
  • Centers of Disease Control (CDC) and public health preparedness
  • Emergency management at county level
  • Risk assessment and the tribal dimension in homeland security
  • Security research in Europe and transatlantic collaboration
  • Good practices in crime prevention and security management in global supply chains
  • Comparative homeland security
  • Syndicate case-study group work on critical infrastructure protection plans; the National Preparedness Report 2015: and the new National Preparedness Goal 2015
  • and others  

Program Fees and Registration

Non-Credit Options: Whole Week or Select Days

This course provides an updated cross-disciplinary research-based overview of the current evolution of the homeland security enterprise, its mission space, and related methods of civil security research for practical application. It also provides an opportunity for alumni of homeland security educational programs, as well as homeland security workforce, access to current research and trends thereby creating an informed community of interest.

Whole Short Course (entire Week):

  • $1,095 if registered before July 20, 2015
  • $1,195 if registered after July 20, 2015
  • $995 special for Penn State alumni and Department of Homeland Security employees

Participants taking the whole week course for non-credit will receive 3.75 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) an equivalent of 37.5 hours professional development. CEUs are universally recognized measurements of professional development.

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Single Day(s):

Can’t attend the entire week? We also offer single or several day focused options!

$295 for each single day

  • Tuesday, August 4, 2015: Focus on Intelligence for Homeland Security

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  • Wednesday, August 5, 2015: Focus on Preparedness - Critical Infrastructure Protection, Cybersecurity, Public Health, and excursion to the Dauphin County Emergency Management Agency

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  • Thursday, August 6, 2015: Focus on International Dimensions of Homeland Security

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Participants taking the single day options will receive 0.9 Continuing Education Units (CEUs), an equivalent of 9 hours professional development for each day. CEUs are universally recognized measurements of professional development.

All participants will receive a Certificate of Participation and course material.

Credit Option

This course can also be taken for 3 graduate credits (500 level) that may be transfer into Penn State Programs. This includes some additional assignments to be completed online before and after the course week. 
Course #: P ADM 597A Schedule #: 517585

Register (starting in February) for credit via eLion. Register for Summer 2015 Harrisburg campus (CL) P ADM 597A.201 Schedule #517585

See our Registration instructions for more details.

Students will receive a confirmation with additional logistics by July 13, 2015. Feel free to contact Dr. Brenda L. Firestone at Continuing Education at 717.948.6530 for more information on either the credit or noncredit options or with any questions or comments.

Housing and Hotel Options

Housing Options include:

  • On-campus residual housing with no meal plan included. For details, please contact Ashley Hipple, 717.948.6244,
  • You will need to bring your own linens, towels, personal and cleaning supplies, eating and cooking-ware, etc.
  • Preferential rate ($89/night) at the Red Lion Hotel Harrisburg East, 15 driving minutes from campus, free shuttle service provided. For details and to make a reservation, please call 717-939-7841 and mention “Homeland Security.”  Last day to book at this reduce rate is July 20, 2015.  
  • Hotels and motels location within 15 miles drive of Penn State Harrisburg:


  • A University vehicle will provide transportation to and from the campus from the Red Lion Hotel Harrisburg East. Transportation for the excursion will also be provided.