MS in Emergency Preparedness

The Master of Science (MS) in Emergency Preparedness is designed to prepare the next generation of researchers to meet the needs of a new profession, for growing evidence-based practice.  Events explored include naturally occurring disasters, intentional acts of terrorism, and new emerging infectious disease threats.  The course curriculum includes core courses in the principles of Emergency Prevention, Protection, Response and Recovery used in the practice world, interwoven with courses to augment a student’s abilities to design, develop and conduct research in this field.

Degree Requirements

The MS in Emergency Preparedness is designed as a 36 credit hour program that can be completed in two academic years as a full-time student or a part-time student can take up to five years to complete.  Students enrolling in the MS in Emergency Preparedness will choose to enroll in either a practice or academic track.  

Program of Study

The M.S. in Emergency Preparedness is offered as two tracks (1) a practice based track or (2) an academic based track.   Students must choose only one of the tracks and the curriculum is as follows:

Practice Track = 36 Total Credit Hours

Academic Track = 36 Total Credit Hours

Required Courses = 21 credit hours Required Courses = 27 credit hours
HPRO 810: Emergency Preparedness: Prevent
EPI 811: Emergency Preparedness: Protect
HPRO 812: Emergency Preparedness: Respond
HPRO 813: Emergency Preparedness: Respond and Recover
HPRO 830: Foundations of Public Health
EPI 820: Epidemiology: Theory and Application
CRCJ 8230: Terrorism - UNO
HPRO 810: Emergency Preparedness: Prevent
EPI 811: Emergency Preparedness: Protect
HPRO 812: Emergency Preparedness: Respond
HPRO 813: Emergency Preparedness: Respond and Recover
HPRO 830: Foundations of Public Health
EPI 820: Epidemiology: Theory and Application
HPRO 805: Applied Research in Public Health
BIOS 806: Biostatistics I
CRCJ 8230: Terrorism - UNO
Elective Requirements = 9 credit hours Elective Requirements = 3 credit hours
Master’s Thesis = 6 credit hours Master’s Thesis = 6 credit hours

Master’s Thesis (6 credit hours):

The thesis proposal must be approved by the student’s Advisory Committee. The thesis work should reveal a capacity to carry on independent study or research and should demonstrate the student’s ability to use the techniques employed in the field of investigation. 

Advisor and Supervisory Committee

Each student will be advised by a three-member Advisory Committee. 
Advisory Committee has the following principal responsibilities:
a. Assist the student in developing a program of study.
b. Advise the student regarding research direction and thesis preparation.
c. Serve as the Examination Committee for the Final Oral Exam, i.e., thesis defense