Bolstering future homeland security and emergency management professionals, CHHS’ law and policy courses are built on a foundation of excellence at the University of Maryland.

CHHS is at the forefront of groundbreaking emergency preparedness and homeland security education. Founder and Director Michael Greenberger, along with various staff members providing their industry expertise, have developed and deployed multiple courses and specializations at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. Through the development of academic coursework CHHS is able to offer students a window into fields that increasingly require expert knowledge.

Please contact CHHS Academic Program Manager Michael Vesely 410-706-2161 for more information on any of our academic efforts.

Health and Homeland Security Academic Programs and Degrees:

J.D. Certificate of Concentration in Cybersecurity and Crisis Management Law

Students can receive formal recognition for completion of the Health and Homeland Security’s Concentration in Cybersecurity and Crisis Management. To be awarded this designation, students must earn a minimum of 17 credits through the program’s three basic components—classroom, experiential learning, and research and writing. The Cybersecurity and Crisis Management Law Certificate is approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission and students completing the requirements will be recognized by the homeland security community for possessing a level of expertise and specialization in the field.

To qualify for a certificate of Concentration in Cybersecurity and Crisis Management Law, students will be required to complete 17 credits related to cybersecurity and crisis management law. Students must complete each of the required components listed below: Classroom, Experiential Learning, and Research & Writing. Students who are graduating and meet the requirements must submit the Cybersecurity and Crisis Management Law Concentration Verification Form to Michael Vesely, Academic Program Manager ( by no later than April 1 of their final semester (November 1 for December graduates).

Required Core Courses:  At least 12 credits must be earned through successful completion of any combination of the following courses:

  • Law and Policy of Cybersecurity (3 credits)
  • Law and Policy of Emergency Management (3 credits)
  • Law and Policy of Emergency Public Health Response (3 credits)
  • Homeland Security and the Law of Counterterrorism (3 credits)
  • National Security, Foreign Intelligence, and Privacy (3 credits)
  • Cyber Crime (3 credits)

Experiential Learning Component: Students must complete at least 3 credits in one of the following:

  • Center for Health and Homeland Security Externship (4-7 credits)
  • Externship with an approved government agency or non-profit organization that addresses cybersecurity and/or crisis management issues.  The Externship must meet the requirements set forth in the School of Law’s Policy Statement on Externships (3-5 credits)

Elective Courses: The remaining five credits may be earned through successful completion of approved elective courses.

*Please note that no more than a total of 5 of the 12 core credits may be earned from experiential cybersecurity and crisis management credits.

Research and Writing Component: This component of the Certificate requires successful completion of a research paper on a topic related to cybersecurity and crisis management.  This requirement will normally be satisfied by a research paper prepared for one of the required core courses, or may be satisfied through an independent written work on an approved topic in coordination with a student’s participation in the Center for Health and Homeland Security Externship.  A grade of “B” or higher on a student’s research paper will be required to satisfy the research and writing component of the Certificate.

Graduate Programs

Click here for more information on the Master of Science in Homeland Security & Crisis Management Law

Click here for more information on the Master of Science in Cybersecurity Law

Hands-on Experience

The Center also offers an academic Externship each semester, and employs students as Research Assistants – both opportunities to gain hands-on experience.

Offered each semester at the school of law, “The University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security Externship exposes students to significant field work in the area of homeland security and counterterrorism at the local, State, and federal level. CHHS’ work addresses cutting edge issues relating to counterterrorism and public health crisis management, including policy development, government consulting, and legal analysis.” Research Assistants employed by the Center have the opportunity to expand their knowledge by engaging in research in support of staff projects across the board from exercise planning and emergency management policy development, to legal public health issues and homeland security.
The Externship and Research Assistant program is robust and offers a multitude of opportunities for students.

Professional Positions

In addition to the academic initiatives CHHS engages in, it is a resource for recent graduates with an interest in homeland security and public health related occupations. Many CHHS employees are also law school graduates, continuing CHHS’ commitment to advancing the legal field both academically and professionally.

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