Penn State Harrisburg to offer Homeland Security short course

July 24, 2014

Penn State Harrisburg’s School of Public Affairs will offer Homeland Security: An Update in Research and Trends, a continuing education short course, Aug. 4 through 8.

The course is open to participants from federal, state and local agencies as well as from the private sector, including the media. Advance registration is required. Participants taking the course for non-credit will receive 3.75 Continuing Education Units. Penn State students may also take the course for credit.

Only a few weeks after the Department of Homeland Security released its second Homeland Security Quadrennial Review, defining priorities and related core missions, this intensive course provides a cross-disciplinary overview of current trends in homeland security and its evolving all-hazards scope. It also compares the U.S. approach to practices in other countries.

The course features: lectures and micro-seminars by Penn State faculty and external experts, including those from the U.S. homeland security enterprise as well as international speakers; interactive group work to practice homeland security risk assessment and policy analysis; networking receptions; and an internship information and placement service session.

Participants will also have an opportunity to visit the Three Mile Island (TMI) Nuclear Power Plant Training Center and its simulation control room for a briefing by TMI experts on current trends in emergency management communications.

“This course is an active contribution from Penn State Harrisburg’s School of Public Affairs to create and maintain expertise to keep Pennsylvania and the country safe and secure in an era of all-hazards homeland security,” said Alexander Siedschlag, chairman of Penn State’s homeland security graduate programs.

“The recently published second Quadrennial Homeland Security Report underscores the relevance of educational support to homeland security professionalism. This short course delivers that value and is part of our new programming to bring homeland security and its education closer to the professional sector and to citizens. We have already organized events on the use of drones in homeland security and on lessons learned in the Three Mile Island accident of 1979. This course now is the next step, and we will hold another in Washington, D.C., later in August.”

For more information on the s course, visit or contact Tom Bux at 717.948.6703 or For more information on the School of Public Affairs homeland security programs, visit

Last Updated July 24, 2014