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MPH in Disaster Management

The MPH in Disaster Management program prepares professionals to apply scientific principles to prevent, detect, and mitigate environmental public health problems and threats associated with natural and technological disasters- locally to globally. Students gain skills to implement population-based interventions to protect communities, particularly vulnerable populations, from natural, accidental, and intentional disasters. This MPH offering is intended for both pre-professionals and mid-career individuals. Students typically have a background in a life or physical science or engineering.

Program Competencies

Upon completion of the MPH degree in Disaster Management, graduates will have the following competencies:

  • Apply scientific principles to prevent, detect, respond to, and mitigate local and global threats to environmental health that are associated with natural and technological disasters.
  • Integrate public health strategies in each core component of disaster management: prevention, preparedness, response, mitigation, and recovery.
  • Implement population-based interventions to protect communities and particularly vulnerable populations from natural, accidental, and intentional disasters that affect personal and community health.
  • Evaluate the capacity of public health systems to effectively respond to natural and intentional disasters.
  • Apply international, federal, and state regulatory policies, guidelines, and authorities to address public health needs during disasters.
Admission Requirements

Students applying to the Master of Public Health in Disaster Management program must meet the school's general admission requirements and submit materials per the application requirements.

Degree Program Requirements

The MPH degree in Disaster Management requires a total of 45 credits that includes:

SPHTM - Core Courses (15 Credits)

  • BIOS 6030 Introductory Biostatistics (3)
  • EPID 6030 Epidemiological Methods I (3)
  • GCHB 6030 Social and behavioral aspects of global health (3)
  • GEHS 6030 Survey of Environmental Health (3)
  • GHSD 6030 Health Systems, Management and Policy (3)

MPH in Disaster Management - Required Courses (22 Credits)

  • GEHS 6430 Disaster & Emergency Communications (3)
  • GEHS 6600 Principles of Toxicology (3)
  • GEHS 6910 Environmental Aspects of Disaster Response (3)
  • GEHS 6930 Populations Issues in Disaster Management (3)
  • GEHS 6950 Psychosocial Aspects of Disasters (3)
  • GEHS 7000 Environmental Health Seminar (0/1)
  • GEHS 7620 Environmental Health Risk Assessment (3)
  • GEHS 7750 Environmental Policy (3)

Elective Courses (8 credits)

Selected from courses offered within the department, school, or university in consultation with an academic advisor.

Practicum (SPHL 9980)

All Disaster Management students complete a 200 hour practicum to gain practical experience. The practicum is usually completed after core courses are completed.

Culminating Experience (SPHL 7950)

Students in the MPH in Disaster Management conduct a public health analysis.

Contact Us

Department Chair: Maureen Lichtveld, MD, MPH

Program Director: Maureen Lichtveld, MD, MPH

Department Administrator: Geraldine Neville

Email: gehsinfo@tulane.edu

Phone: (504) 988-5374

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