As a joint program offered by both the UIC School of Public Health and the UIC College of Business Administration, the UIC Emergency Management and Continuity distinguishes itself from graduate programs at other institutions. The multi-disciplinary curriculum is taught by a combination of public health and business school faculty members, the Argonne National Laboratory and professional business continuity planners. The knowledgeable and skilled faculty members have numerous years of experience both inside and outside the classroom, including expertise in various industries, such as IT risk and business management; public health emergency operations; and urban emergency management.

Learn more about the UIC Emergency Management and Continuity Planning online certificate program faculty:

Michael D. Cailas, Ph.D. , P.E. 200X200 Michael D. Cailas, Ph.D. , P.E.
Executive Director
Email: mihalis@uic.edu
  • University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health
  • Division of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences
  • Emergency Management and Continuity Planning Program


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David Ibrahim, Ph.D.
Director of Curriculum
Email: dibrah1@uic.edu

  • University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health
  • Division of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences
  • Emergency Management and Continuity Planning Program

Dr. Ibrahim possess a plethora of experience within the public health policy, preparedness and strategic management framework for Emergency Operations Planning, Business Continuity Management, Continuity of Operations, Functional Restoration, Disaster Recovery, Crisis Risk Management and Pandemic Preparedness.

Dr. Ibrahim has performed technology and business continuity assessments /evaluations / designs and planning for higher education, healthcare, metropolitan health departments, pharmaceutical companies, financial services, aviation and manufacturing.. He has held leadership positions in business continuity and risk management, and has professional and specialized skills in business continuity project management and problem analysis and resolution. 


Matthew Liotine

Matthew Liotine, Ph.D.
Director of Instruction
Email: mliotine@uic.edu
Phone: 630-305-0842

University of Illinois at Chicago Graduate School of Business Administration
Information & Decision Sciences Department

Matthew Liotine is a faculty member at the University of Illinois at Chicago Liautaud Graduate School of Business and a faculty advisor to the Wilbur Wright College Computer Security and Forensic Program. Dr. Liotine brings over 30 years of academic and industry experience to the EMCP program. He has taught courses at DePaul University, Princeton University and New Jersey Institute of Technology. Formerly the vice president of the consulting firm, BLR Research, Dr. Liotine specialized in planning, research and training in business continuity and security for private and public enterprises. He has worked as a consultant to various telecommunication, financial and entertainment firms where he developed and managed business continuity and systems integration projects. Dr. Liotine is also the author of Mission-Critical Network Planning (Artech House), a bestselling book on business continuity for information technology infrastructure.

Dr. Liotine holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in engineering from New York Polytechnic Institute and M.S., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in engineering and operations research from Princeton University. He is a Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP), Homeland Security (CHS-III) professional and holds a project management certification from the IBM Systems Management Institute. 


Christos G. Takoudis Christos G. Takoudis
Email: takoudis@uic.edu

Professor Takoudis has a PhD from the University of Minnesota, Department of Chemical Engineering.  He has published extensively on advanced material research topics and on nanotechnology with direct implications in health policy administration. His expertise covers several aspects of emergency management and public health.



Michael Colvard, DDS, MTS, MS, M O Med RCSEd

  • Periodontist & Associate Professor of Oral Medicine, Department of Oral Medicine & Diagnostic Sciences, College of Dentistry, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Director, Disaster Emergency Medicine Responder Training (DEMRT) Center


John A. Jackson

John A. Jackson, FBCI(hon), CORE
Executive Vice President

Fusion Risk Management

John has over 30 years of Risk Management industry leadership and is widely regarded as a visionary in Enterprise Business Continuity, Incident Response, Crisis Management and Disaster Recovery.  John was awarded the Business Continuity Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award and is an honorary FBCI (Fellow designation) with the BCI.

In John’s distinguished 35 years in the industry, he has held the following positions:

Today, John is very active in the industry, serving on the Executive Advisory Board of Disaster Recovery Journal and the Editorial Advisory Boards for Continuity Insights and the Disaster Resource Guide. Currently, John serves as National Vice President for the InfraGard National Members Alliance, an FBI / Private Sector Partnership.


Le Roy Foster

Le Roy Foster, MS
Clinical Instructor

Director of Business Continuity

Chief Security Officer at a Health Care System in Illinois

Le Roy Foster earned his Masters of Computer Science from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Montana. He currently is director of business continuity and the Chief Security Officer at a Health Care System in Illinois. He is responsible for key security program elements and serves as an advisor to senior management in the development, implementation, and maintenance of an information security infrastructure. Mr. Foster has diverse management experience and special skills in project planning and execution, team building, customer service and problem solving. He holds various certifications listed below:





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