FEMA Emergency Management Institute’s (EMI) Master Public Information Officer Program (MPIOP) is a three-course series designed to prepare public information officers for an expanded role in delivering public information and warning using a strategic whole community approach.
Working in a collaborative environment, students will enhance their public information and external affairs skills through case study, analyzing management theories and concepts, and developing and designing of processes and reports. MPIOP participants will evaluate leadership, group dynamics, and explore best practices of joint information centers by monitoring student activity. The skills MPIOP participants gain reinforce qualities needed to lead whole community public information and external affairs programs. Participants will contribute to the public information body of knowledge through the completion of a special project. Research papers from former participants are available online.
The course is open to full time public information officers with a minimum of five years of experience and who have a demonstrated sphere of influence capable of advancing the relevance of whole community external affairs. For more information go to: https://training.fema.gov/programs/pio/masterpio.aspx#E0389, or send an email to FEMA-Master_PIO_Program@FEMA.DHS.GOV. The application deadline is June 30. For instructions how to apply for the program, go to the Training Bulletin.