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New on-campus emergency management program aims to meet the global needs of this important area of public safety

Wildfires. Earthquakes. Pandemics. The climate crisis and other public safety threats. The need for trained professionals with the skills to prepare and respond to these challenges has continued to grow.

To respond to that need, the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) has launched the Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Disaster Management (PBDDM) to prepare students for the opportunity to pursue rewarding careers in preparing for such global challenges.

The PBDDM offers students who have completed undergraduate degrees a chance to gain a unique combination of theoretical knowledge and applied skills in preparation for dealing, locally or globally, with issues ranging from climate change and natural disasters to pandemics and other public safety threats.

“Emergency and disaster management has been an evolving and growing discipline and the JIBC Emergency Management Division is proud of its long history of supporting the education and training needs of the field for the past 30 years,” said Sarah Wareing, Dean of the School of Public Safety at JIBC. “This new post-baccalaureate diploma expands what we offer for those looking to make a difference in this important area of public safety.”

The program will be offered on campus in New Westminster. It is open to both Canadian and international students who hold bachelor’s degrees, and are looking for a two-year academic program that will enhance their opportunities for careers in emergency and disaster management in Canada and abroad.

The PBDDM program consists of 20, three-credit courses that provide a unique combination of theoretical knowledge and applied skills through active engagement with challenges and problems drawn from real world practice. Graduates will be able to:

  • Gain a foundation in the core concepts, issues, trends, and practices that inform emergency and disaster management in Canadian and international contexts
  • Analyze and apply the appropriate communications tools to interact effectively with multiple stakeholders in complex, stressful, and ambiguous emergency situations
  • Manage all components of an emergency program, such as planning, prevention, mitigation, response, and recovery

Applications are being accepted now for the first cohort of the program starting in September 2020 at JIBC’s New Westminster campus.

For more information about the program and to apply, visit JIBC Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Disaster Management.



Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) is Canada’s leading public safety educator with a mission to develop dynamic justice and public safety professionals through its exceptional applied education, training and research. JIBC offers internationally recognized education that leads to certificates, diplomas, bachelor’s degrees and graduate certificates; exceptional continuing education for work and career-related learning and development; and customized contract training to government agencies and private organizations worldwide. Our education provides professionals with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to excel at every stage of their career contributing to safer communities and a more just society.