Tulane to launch dual degree in social work and disaster resilience

June 2, 2014 8:45 AM

Barri Bronston

Tulane University has announced the establishment of a new dual-degree program that combines graduate studies in social work with training in disaster resilience and global humanitarian leadership.

Rwanda by JenniferMacNeill

Children at a refugee resettlement community outside Gitarama, Rwanda, show their resilience. (Photo by Jennifer MacNeill)

Beginning in the fall, students seeking a master’s degree in social work may also earn a master of science degree in disaster resilience leadership, a program of the Tulane Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy

The five-semester program aims to prepare graduate students for careers that focus on planning, managing and delivering services in communities vulnerable to natural and man-made disasters, either overseas or in the United States. Students may also add a social work certificate in disaster mental health or global social work. 

“Disasters demand humane assistance coupled with expert logistical skills,” says Ron Marks, dean of the Tulane School of Social Work. “The combination of the knowledge and skills associated with both the master’s of social work and master’s of science in disaster resilience leadership is the perfect combination to assure effective leadership delivered sensitively and humanely.”

The program requires the completion of 77 credit hours — 53 in social work and 24 in disaster resilience leadership studies, including such courses as environmental hazards science, leadership analytics and disaster risk management and leadership. Students also are required to do field work and professional projects. 

Established in 2009, the Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy is the only systematic, academically based disaster resilience leadership development program in the world. It conducts courses and research in disaster resilience leadership through an interdisciplinary program taught by Tulane faculty from the Tulane Law School, School of Architecture, A. B. Freeman School of Business, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and School of Social Work.

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