Master of Public Health: Concentration in Disaster Management

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The M.P.H. requires a minimum of 44 semester hours of coursework, including the completion of an internship. To graduate, students must pass a final culminating experience. The curriculum comprises the following areas and courses:

M.P.H. Core Course Requirements (15 hours)

  • BIOS 7010 Introduction to Biostatistics I
  • EHSC 7010 Foundations of Environmental Health
  • EPID 7010 Introduction to Epidemiology I
  • HPAM 7010 Introduction to Health Policy and Management
  • HPRB 7010 Social and Behavioral Foundations

Disaster Management Core Requirements (12 hours)

  • DMAN 7100 Introduction to Disaster Management (Disaster Management I) 
    • Provide an in-depth overview of the principles of disaster management. This will include the history of disaster management, examination of the four phases of disaster management, introduction to Federal emergency management functions, and learning basic disaster terminology.
  • DMAN 7200 Disaster Management for Health Professionals (Disaster Management II) 
    • This course will provide students with the theory and hands-on experience needed to perform as a Public Health Professional in disaster management drills and exercises and real-world emergencies. This course will include development of discussion and operations based disaster exercises following the Homeland Se-curity Exercise and Evaluation Program framework, Core Disaster Life Support (CDLS) and Basic Disaster Life Support (BDLS) training and certification, and American Red Cross basic First Aid certification.
  • DMAN 7400 Public Health Crises and Disaster Management (Disaster Management III)
    • Students will receive case study analysis, historical perspective, and modern risk assessment for the analysis and management of man-made and natural disasters that have occurred nationally and internationally. Students will gauge the response efforts by considering the strengths of the response and lessons learned that can be applied to future disasters. There will also be a hands-on introduction to the modeling and simulation software that allow disaster managers to predict affected populations and infrastructure-based response to specific events.
  • DMAN 7500 Understanding Terrorism and Homeland Security (Disaster Management IV)
    • This course will analyze of te more critical and advanced aspects of disaster management: crisis communications and decision support. The course will address various methods of data collection and information sharing for effective disaster mitigation, planning, response and recovery, as well as the decision making process based on ethics in a disaster, available resources, and whether a State or Federal declaration of emergency has been issued. Course topics will include decision and information management in a crisis; event management; surge capacity; emergency and public health risk communications; media communications; and amatuer radio technician class license.

Disaster Management Electives: minimum 8 credit hours
The following is a list of recommended electives for an MPH concentration in Disaster Management

  • DMAN 8900 Special Topics in Disaster Management
  • DMAN 8910 Problems in Disaster Management
  • HPAM 8500 Comparative Global Health
  • HPAM 7400 Public Health Law
  • HPAM 8400 Policy and Economic Analysis in Public Health
  • HPAM 8550 Comparative Global - Nation
  • HPAM 8820 Global Health Policy
  • HPAM 8700: Management of Public Health Organizations
  • HPAM 8800: Leadership in Public Health
  • HPRB/SPCM 6610: Health Communication
  • HPRB 7040: Program Evaluation in Health Promotion and Health Education
  • EPID 7700 Public Health Ethics
  • EPID 8515/8515L: Modeling Infectious Diseases
  • EPID 8610 Principles and Practices in Global Epidemiology
  • INTL 8280 Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict
  • INTL 8290 Strategic Intelligence
  • INTL 8200: Special Topics in International Relations
  • INTL 8210: International Organizations
  • INTL 8230: International Conflict
  • GEOG 6370 Geographic Information Science
  • JRMC 7355: Health and Medical Journalism
  • JRMC 7356: Advanced Health and Medical Journalism
  • JRMC/SPCM 7611: Health Advocacy in a Multicultural Society
  • JRMC/SPCM 7612: Medical Interviewing and Information Dissemination
  • JRMC 8160: Special Topics in Public Relations (usually Media and Public Health)
  • JRMC/SPCM/PBHL 8165: Public Health Communication
  • JRMC 8170: Risk Communication
  • PADP 7360: Managing Government Performance
  • PADP 7500: Local Government Management
  • PADP 7540: Productivity Improvement in Local Government
  • PADP 7900: Managing Volunteers in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors
  • PBHL 8100: Current Topics in Public Health
  • PBHL/SPCM/JRMC 8165: Public Health Communication
  • PBHL/MIBO/IDHIS/PHSI 8260: Global Perspectives on Tropical and Emerging Infectious Diseases (1 hr)
  • POLS 9200: Intelligence and National Security
  • SPCM 6310: Communication Strategies in Government
  • SPCM/HPRB 6610: Health Communication
  • SPCM/JRMC 7611: Health Advocacy in a Multicultural Society
  • SPCM/JRMC 7612: Medical Interviewing and Information Dissemination
  • SPCM 8610: Seminar in Health Communication
  • SPCM/PBHL /JRMC 8165: Public Health Communication
  • EDES 4270E/6270E: Online Environmental Geographic Information Systems

Other Required Courses

  • Culminating Experience (PBHL 7800, 3 hrs): The culminating experience is a capstone paper completed under the direction of a faculty advisor in the final semester of the program.
  • Internship (PBHL 7560, 6 hours): The internship requires 300 clock hours in an appropriate public health setting. Students choose the site for their internship, with the assistance of the academic advisor and Internship Coordinator.

For more information on the MPH concentration in Disaster Management, please contact Dr. Curt Harris, faculty advisor.