The MPH in disaster management program develops the skills to prepare for, respond to and manage the public health aspects of natural and man-made disasters - locally to globally. The program prepares professionals in disaster preparedness, response and management, crises communication, population issues associated with disasters, psychosocial aspects of disasters and epidemiology and biostatistics.
Students in the program come from a wide-range of experiential and educational backgrounds in public health, environmental health, biological sciences, behavioral health, and many others. Characteristics of successful disaster managers have leadership qualities and are the ability to apply scientific and management principles in response to rapidly changing situations, work within the chain of command, multitask, make decisions based on evolving information and communicate accurately and succinctly.
Upon completion of the MPH degree in disaster management, graduates will have the following competencies:
The online environmental health programs general application requirements include:
The MPH Degree in Disaster Management requires a total of 42 credits that include:
SPHTM Core/Foundational Courses (15 Credits)
MPH in Disaster Management Required Courses (18 Credits)
Elective Courses (9 credits)
Selected from courses offered within the department or school in consultation with an academic advisor.
Applied Practice Experience (SPHL 9980)
The Applied Practice Experience (APE) (formerly practicum) is a supervised practice experience conducted in an agency or organization external to the university to gain practical experience. The APE allows students to demonstrate attainment of program and public health competencies, and will include at least three from the foundational public health competencies (CEPH Criterion D2) and two competencies from their program of study. The APE is conducted after completion of the foundational courses. Mid-career students may do a Leadership applied practice experience, a Quality Improvement applied practice experience, or a Workplace applied practice experience.
Integrated Learning Experience (SPHL 7950)
ll students must complete an Integrated Learning Experience (ILE) (formerly culminating experience) that demonstrates the synthesis of foundational and concentration competencies. Students in the MPH in Disaster Management program will conduct a public health analysis (PHA). Students will select a topic in consultation with their academic advisor.
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