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

 

Course Name

Credit Hours

MS Emergency Preparedness Required Courses

27

HPR830

Foundations of Public Health

3

EPI820

Epidemiology: Theory and Application 

3

BIOS806

Biostatistics I

3

HPRO802

Applied Research in Public Health

3

HPRO903

Mixed Methods Research 

3

EPI810

 Emergency Preparedness: Prevention

3

EPI811

Emergency Preparedness: Protection 

3

EPI813

Emergency Preparedness: Response

3

EPI814

Emergency Preparedness: Response and Recovery

3

Electives

3

TBD
Thesis 6
EPI899 Master’s Thesis

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