Tulane launches nation's first disaster management graduate degree

August 7, 2006

Madeline Vann
Phone: 504-247-1425

Maureen Lichtveld, chair of the environmental health sciences department at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, came to Tulane prior to Hurricane Katrina with a plan to develop a program to educate a broad variety of professionals in disaster management, including police and emergency services workers.

Hurricane Katrina emphasized the importance of such a program. This fall Tulane will launch the nation's first master of science in public health in disaster management program. In addition to core public health courses, disaster management students will be able to study crisis communications, public health law, environmental policies, risk assessment and issues such as evacuation, shelter and the psychosocial consequences of disasters, both natural and manmade.

Courses will be available both on-site and online. Undergraduate students at Tulane who are majoring in public health can begin taking disaster management coursework in their senior year.

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000