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.
For MPH in Disaster Management (most common track for MD/MPH students):
- 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.
Degree Program Requirements
The MPH degree in Disaster Management for MD/MPH students includes the following courses:
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 (17-22 Credits, based on advisor)
- 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)
Other Elective Credits (10 credits)
- MD/MPH students receive 10 credits transferred from the Tulane SOM for successfully completing specific coursework with public health relevance.
Practicum (SPHL 9980)
All GEHS MD/MPH students must complete a 200-hour field practicum during the MD/MPH Rotation, for which they will register in the SOM during their T3 or T4 year.
Culminating Experience (SPHL 7950)
MD/MPH students earning a MPH in Disaster Management conduct a Public Health Analysis, typically between the end of T2 and T4 year.
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