MPH in Disaster Management (Distance Learning)
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The mission of the Disaster Management program is to enhance the management skills of midcareer professionals in the planning, responding and evaluation of potential and actual disasters as it relates to public health. The skills acquired in the program can be leveraged for advancement into leadership positions within their organizations and industries.
The MPH in Disaster Management is designed to train and educate students in the development, execution and evaluation of disasters with respect to preparedness, hazard detection, response, containment and recovery. The program provides skills in how best to work within the management structure and operational models that are unique to disasters. Students receive training in: crises communication, population issues and psychosocial aspects of disasters as well as acquiring a firm foundation in the public health implications of disasters and disaster response.
At the completion of the MPH in Disaster Management the graduates will be able to:
- Apply scientific principles to prevent, detect and mitigate environmental public health problems and threats locally and globally (GEHS 6030; GEHS 6600; GEHS 6630).
- Conduct public health analyses and investigations for innovative solutions to environmental health issues (GEHS 6030; EPID 6030; BIOS 6030; GCHB 6030; GEHS 7000).
- Investigate and monitor environmental hazards resulting from exposures to hazardous substances in the environment (GEHS 6630; GEHS 6510; GEHS 6590).
- Apply public health science, policy, and practice principles to address the health threats resulting from natural and intentional disasters (GEHS 7750; GEHS 6910; GEHS 7910; GEHS 6920).
- Integrate environmental public health strategies in the development, execution, and evaluation of each core component of disaster management: preparedness, detection, response, containment, and recovery (GEHS 6910; GEHS 6940; GEHS 7910).
- Implement population-based interventions to protect communities, particularly vulnerable populations, from natural and intentional disasters (GEHS 6930; GEHS 6430; GEHS 6950; GEHS 7950).
- Evaluate the capacity of public health systems to effectively and efficaciously respond to natural and intentional disasters (GEHS 6930; GEHS 7750; GEHS 6430; GEHS 7910).
- Integrate skills in environmental and hazardous materials management, emergency planning and response, crisis communications, accident investigation, risk assessments, perception and communication (GEHS 6430; GEHS 6710; GEHS 6220).
- Demonstrate methods of systematically integrating health and safety programs into standard management systems used by organizations (GEHS 7230; GEHS 6240).
- Integrate the leadership roles involved in strategic planning, project management, management of multi-disciplinary teams, and regulatory affairs management (GEHS 7230; GEHS 6240).
- Demonstrate use of statistical methodology in the health and safety field (BIOS 6030; EPID 6030).
Students must earn a minimum of 42 hours of academic credit: of which School of Public Health core requirements make up 18 credit hours, DM program required courses make up 15 credit hours and DM elective courses make up 9 credit hours. In addition to the academic credit hours students must complete a Culminating Experience and a Practicum. In some instance the Practicum may be waived.
School of Public Health Core Requirements (18 credits)
Program Required Courses (15 credits)
Disaster Management Elective Courses (9 credits)
Culminating Experience (0 Credits)
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine allows students to satisfy the requirements for a Culminating Experience by either Public Health Analysis Manuscript that is relevant to their professional life or by passing a Master's Comprehensive Examination.
Additional detail for Culminating Experience and Master's Comprehensive Examination may be found at this link: Culminating Experience
Practicum (0 credits)
The Practicum is designed to demonstrate application of core public health knowledge in practice. Specific competencies for the Practicum may be found in the Practicum Handbook on the Students Policies, Guidelines, and Forms page. Professionals working in an appropriate field of public health may be able to waive this requirement if they are able to meet certain conditions. Students should contact Dr. James to discuss practicum requirements the semester before they intend to graduate.
Electives may be selected from the Industrial Hygiene, Disaster Management or Occupational Health and Safety Management program courses.
- A baccalaureate degree from an accredited university or college with 40 or more semester hours in science, math or engineering.
- A preferred grade point average 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
- Three or more years of experience in health and safety, occupational or environmental health and or disaster management or response documented by work history (resume) and stated in letters of recommendation
- Three letters of recommendations from individuals familiar with prior academic and/or professional performance
- Test of English As a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores for applicants from non-English speaking nations with a minimum score of 570 on the paper-based test, 230 on the computer based test, or 88 on the internet-based test is preferred.
* Individuals having a background in this area or are MD, RN may be able to waive this class and should contact Dr. James firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the MPH program in Occupational and Environmental Health Application Help, please contact:
Erica B. Geary
Direct: 504-988-3786 or 1-800-862-2122