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Requirements for Master of Public Health (MPH) in Disaster Management

 

Mission/Description

Students earning an MPH in Disaster Management will be prepared to apply scientific principles to prevent, detect, an mitigate environmental public health problems and threats both locally and globally that are associated with natural and technological disasters; and implement population-based interventions to protect communities, particularly vulnerable populations, from natural and intentional disasters.

Admission Requirements

Students must meet all the requirements for admissions to MPH program at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

Graduation Requirements

In addition to the SPHTM's academic standards, the department of Global Environmental Health Sciences requires the following:

  • Successful completion of 45 credit hours of coursework, consisting of three course categories: required school core courses; required departmental core coursework; and elective coursework in disaster management
  • A 200-hour field practicum
  • A practicum report
  • A culminating experience resulting in a public health analysis of an environmental health problem or intervention.
  • Presentation of the key findings of the public health analysis during the departmental seminar in the last semester of the student's MPH program

Program Competencies

At the completion of the MPH program in Disaster Management, the student 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 7620)
  • 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 7620, 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 6430, GEHS 6950, GEHS 7950)

Program Requirements

Course and Credit Requirements (total of 45 required):

School Core Course Requirements (18 credits)

TRMD 6010: Biological Basis of Disease

3 credits

GCHB 6030: Social & Behavioral Aspects of Global Health

3 credits

BIOS 6030: Introductory Biostatistics

3 credits

EPID 6030: Epidemiologic Methods I

3 credits

GHSD 6030: Principles of Health Systems Administration

3 credits

GEHS 6030: Survey of Environmental Health

3 credits

GEHS Departmental MPH Core Requirements (10 credits)

GEHS 6600:  Principles of Toxicology

3 credits

GEHS 7620:  Environmental Health Risk Assessment

3 credits

GEHS 7750:  Environmental Policy

3 credits

GEHS 7000:  Environmental Health Seminar

1 credit

Elective Coursework (18 credits from the list below)

GEHS 6910: Environmental Aspects of Disaster Response

3 credits

GEHS 6430: Crisis and Emergency Communication

3 credits

GEHS 6930: Populations Issues During Disasters

3 credits

GEHS 6950: Psychosocial Aspects of Disasters

3 credits

GEHS 6920: Environmental Sampling, Monitoring and Analysis in a Disaster

3 credits

GEHS 7270: Practical Applications in EHS Research

GEHS 7910: Environmental Disaster Response Planning and 
                        Implementation

3 credits

3 credits

GEHS 7950: Psychosocial Interventions in Disaster Management

3 credits

GEHS 6960: Public Health Law

3 credits

GEHS 7100: Community Resiliency in Public Health Disasters

3 credits

GEHS 7930: Special Needs In Disaster Response

3 credits

GEHS 6940: Environmental Aspects of Disaster Recovery

 

3 credits


Sample Student Schedules

The program is designed to be completed in two years starting in either the fall or spring.


Practicum Requirements

The practicum is designed to provide students with practice experience related to their field of study. The practicum is a minimum of 200 hours in an agency or other practice setting under the direction of a preceptor. A practicum report summarizes the field experiences.  You may download the Practicum Handbook from the Academics Policies and Guidelines page of the School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine website.

 

Culminating Experience Requirements

MPH students in Disaster Management are required to conduct a public health analysis of in fulfillment of the culminating experience.  The analysis can involve investigating a public health problem or proposing ways to conduct an intervention.  Upon completion, the student must present the findings during the departmental seminar in the last semester of studies. You may download the Culminating Experience Handbook from the Academics Policies, and Guidelines page of the School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine website.


Contact

For more information about the MPH in Disaster Management, please call 504.988.5374.

 

 
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