This course examines the history, organization and challenges of emergency medical response. We will study emergency response in particular cases (the deadly European heat wave of 1993, Hurricane Katrina, the recent Ebola outbreak in Africa, etc.), and involved organizations (FEMA, Red Cross, Doctors without Borders, etc.). We will analyze media response to disasters and look at new educational programs and technologies designed to aid in emergency response. We will also examine and reflect on the complex ethical dimensions that often arise in emergency medical response. Students in this course will complete a 90-hour New York State Emergency Medical Technician curriculum offered through Rensselaer County held on the RPI campus.