Emergency Preparedness, MS

Emergency Preparedness Online Masters

Program Description

The United States is part of a global community responding to disasters that may be man-made or natural in origin. Although the response is often tailored to event characteristics, basic concepts are common to all disasters.

The Master of Science (MS) in Emergency Preparedness is designed to prepare professionals in a world where emergency preparedness and response skills are essential to the public health infrastructure.  Events explored include naturally occurring disasters, intentional acts of terrorism, and new emerging infectious disease threats.  The course curriculum is designed to be reflective and inclusive of current and nationally endorsed competencies in emergency preparedness leadership, communication, information management, practice improvement and planning and worker health and safety.

Research to establish evidence-based knowledge is only beginning to emerge. Academic institutions have a responsibility to fill this void and the University of Nebraska Medical Center's College of Public Health, already renowned for its expertise in Biopreparedness and Biosecurity, is emerging as a leader in the endeavor.

This online master's degree program in Emergency Preparedness provides a solid foundation of expertise for professionals in the field of Emergency Preparedness.

The Federal Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) core focus areas have been adopted as the structural and conceptual basis for all course development and are as follows: Prevent, Protect, Respond and Recover. This curriculum is unique nationally and will serve students well. The key emergency preparedness content material is structured and will be delivered through four core courses based on the above essential core areas.  

Special Accreditation

Council on Education for Public Health accreditation logoIn addition to the Higher Learning Commission accreditation carried by all University of Nebraska degrees, the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health is also accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.

The U.S. Department of Education recognizes CEPH as the accrediting body for schools and programs of public health.

Delivery Format

Home Campus: University of Nebraska Medical Center

Method of Delivery: 100% Online - what's this?Program can be completed fully at a distance. Courses are asynchronous, meaning students and instructor may access content at any time and do not have to be connected to the Internet at the same time. If your program includes an internship or practicum, experiences may be completed in the student's local area.

All online courses are accessed via the Internet and use a learning management system. Technology requirements may vary by program and course, but all campuses have basic recommended requirements. High-speed Internet is required.

Interaction with professors and other students may include:

  • E-mail
  • Online discussion boards
  • Phone or video conferencing
  • Other forms of electronic and print communication

Supplemental materials for some courses may include:

  • Printed material and scanned documents
  • Digital resources accessed through university libraries
  • Videos accessed via the Internet, CDs or DVDs
  • Other media

To be successful, students taking online classes should be reasonably comfortable using a computer and the Internet. Learn more about online student tips for success.

Courses are taught by the same faculty who teach on campus. Students may be required to write papers, complete projects, conduct research, and communicate with professors. Students may work independently on assignments and with coworkers on group projects, do case presentations, take quizzes and exams, just as students on campus are required to do.

Academic Year 2013 - 2014

Tuition rates are effective for the academic year listed. Tuition is subject to change.

Nebraska Resident:

 TuitionDistance Ed. FeeTechnology FeeLibrary FeeTotal
Per credit hour$560.00$55.00$0.00$4.00$619.00
3 credit hour$1,680.00$165.00$0.00$12.00$1,857.00

Non-Resident:

 TuitionDistance Ed. FeeTechnology FeeLibrary FeeTotal
Per credit hour$560.00$55.00$0.00$4.00$619.00
3 credit hour$1,680.00$165.00$0.00$12.00$1,857.00
Note: In addition to the costs outlined above, students will be assessed a $150.00 technology fee each semester they enroll in courses. Students are also required to complete a background check. The fee for the background check is $35.

Students in this online emergency preparedness master's degree program will complete 36 credit hours of graduate-level coursework.

The program is offered as two different tracks. Students must choose only one track:

  1. A practice based track
  2. An academic based track

 

Practice Track:

Total credits required - 36 credit hours

  1. Required Courses (21 credit hours)
    • HPRO 810: Emergency Preparedness: Prevent
    • EPI 811: Emergency Preparedness: Protect
    • HPRO 812: Emergency Preparedness: Respond
    • HPRO 813: Emergency Preparedness: Respond and Recover
    • HPRO 830: Foundations of Public Health
    • EPI 820: Introduction to Epidemiology
    • CRCJ 8230: Terrorism (or equivalent) – University of Nebraska at Omaha
  2. Three electives as approved by the student’s advisory committee (9 credit hours)
  3. Master’s Thesis (6 credit hours)

 

Academic Track: 

Total Credits required - 36 credit hours

  1. Required Courses (27 credit hours):
    • BIOS 806: Biostatistics I
    • CRCJ 8230: Terrorism (or equivalent) – University of Nebraska at Omaha
    • EPI 811: Emergency Preparedness: Protect
    • EPI 820: Introduction to Epidemiology
    • HPRO 810: Emergency Preparedness: Prevent
    • HPRO 812: Emergency Preparedness: Respond
    • HPRO 813: Emergency Preparedness: Respond and Recover
    • HPRO 830: Foundations of Public Health
    • HPRO 805: Applied Research in Public Health
  2. One elective as approved by the student's advisory committee (3 credit hours)
  3. 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. The thesis must conform to the style accepted at UNMC. Examples may be viewed at the McGoogan Library of Medicine.
    • The thesis must be presented in final form to the student’s Advisory Committee at least two weeks before the date for the candidate’s final oral examination (defense of thesis). A candidate shall not be eligible for the defense until the thesis is completed and approved by the thesis supervisor.
    • When the thesis defense has been completed successfully, one copy of the thesis must be supplied to the major department and two copies must be deposited in the McGoogan Library of Medicine. To meet requirements for completion of the degree in a given semester, the approved thesis and evidence of the successful defense must be in the Graduate Studies Office one week before the end of the semester.
Course Name
Course #
Credits
Core Courses

Biostatistics I

BIOS 806
3

Prerequisite: Undergraduate or graduate statistics course or permission of instructor.

This course is designed to prepare the graduate student to understand and apply biostatistical methods needed in the design and analysis of biomedical and public health investigations. The major topics to be covered include types of data, descriptive statistics and plots, theoretical distributions, probability, estimation, hypothesis testing, and one-way analysis of variance. A brief introduction to correlation and univariate linear regression will also be given. The course is intended for graduate students and health professionals interested in the design and analysis of biomedical or public health studies.

Terrorism

CRCJ 8230
3

A course devoted to an exploration and analysis of contemporary special problems in the broad spectrum of law enforcement and corrections.

Emergency Preparedness: Protection

EPI 811/CPH 631
3

This course is designed to prepare the graduate student to work in fields where emergency preparedness and response skills are essential to the public health infrastructure, in preparation for naturally occurring disasters, intentional acts of terrorism and new emerging infectious disease threats. Major topics to be covered include an introduction to Critical Infrastructure Protection (Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD) 7), agriculture defense and the history of emerging infectious disease. Students will then explore various protection agencies and initiatives to include the BIOSENSE Program, culminating in an overview of surveillance and detection.

Introduction to Epidemiology

EPI 820/CPH 504
3
The objective of the course is to understand the application of survey and research methodology in epidemiology, especially in the community setting. Theoretical aspects will be taught as an integral part of understanding the techniques of study design and community survey. Concepts to be covered include measure of disease occurrence, measures of disease risk, study design, assessment of alternative explanations for data-based findings, and methods of testing or limiting alternatives. Students will be expected to address an epidemiological question of interest to them, first developing the hypothesis and conducting a literature search, then developing a study design and writing, in several stages, a brief proposal for the study.

Applied Research in Public Health

HPRO 805
3
This course will assist students to develop the basic skills to conduct applied research to address contemporary problems in public health. The course will emphasize proposal writing, data collection, research design, statistical analysis, computer application, and writing of research reports. Unique problems associated with data collection in public health settings such as public health departments, neighborhood health centers, and community-based organizations will be addressed. Both quantitative and qualitative research designs will be explored. Considerable emphasis is placed on evaluation of public health research published in scholarly publications. A research proposal/capstone service- learning proposal is written as one of the course requirements.

Emergency Preparedness: Prevention

HPRO 810
3

This course is designed to prepare the graduate student to work in a world where emergency preparedness and response skills are essential to the public health infrastructure, in preparation for naturally occurring disasters, intentional acts of terrorism and new emerging infectious disease threats. Major topics to be covered include an introduction to the National Response Framework, the Incident Command System (ICS) and the history of federal disaster legislation. Students will then explore various response agencies and initiatives to include the Strategic National Stockpile Program, culminating in an overview of risk assessment, disaster planning and the process of exercising disaster plans.

Emergency Preparedness: Respond

HPRO 812
3
This course is designed to prepare the graduate student to work in fields where emergency preparedness and response skills are essential to the public health infrastructure, in preparation for naturally occurring disasters, intentional acts of terrorism and new emerging infectious disease threats.  The course curriculum is designed to be reflective and inclusive of current and nationally endorsed competencies and focuses on topic areas related to the actual response to an event. Major topics to be covered include an introduction to on-site incident management, responder safety and health, animal disease emergency response, mass sheltering, citizen evacuation, and weapons of mass destruction (WMD), culminating in an overview of mass casualty triage and medical system surge.

Emergency Preparedness: Respond and Recover

HPRO 813
3

The course curriculum is designed to be reflective and inclusive of current and nationally endorsed competencies and focuses on topic areas related to the response to and recovery from an event. Major topics to be covered include a review and in-depth look at medical surge, mass immunization/dispensing, behavioral health, and mass fatalities culminating in an overview of short term and long term recovery concepts inherent to restoring economic, health, vital infrastructure, and community services.

Foundations of Public Health

HPRO 830
3
This is an introductory survey course, which will ensure that all public health students, within their first full year of study, are exposed to the fundamental concepts and theories that provide the basis for the body of knowledge in the field of public health. This course will prepare students to work in public health with a sound theoretical, conceptual, and historical basis for their work.

University of Nebraska online programs have the same quality instructional faculty as on campus; individuals from a variety of backgrounds, who embody the combined qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience.

 

Philip W. Smith, MD, Professor

Sharon Medcalf, RN, MEd, Ph.D. Candidate, Associate Director

Peter C. Iwen, Ph.D., Professor

Angela Hewlett, MD , Assistant Professor

Steven Hinrichs, MD, Professor

John Lowe, PhD Candidate, Instructor

Keith Hansen, MBA, Assistant Director

Shawn Gibbs, Ph.D., Associate Professor

KM Monirul Islam, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Guidelines for Admittance

To participate in this program the student must:

  1. Provide official transcripts reflecting an earned bachelor’s degree, with a 3.0 or higher grade point average for the last 60 undergraduate or the last 18 graduate/post-baccalaureate credit hours completed.
    Note: If official transcripts or mark sheets of college-level work are not in English or in the standard U.S. grading scale they must be sent to a credential evaluation service for evaluation.
  2. Present official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores if primary language is not English or undergraduate degree is from a college or university outside of the United States.
  3. Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores taken within the last five years are required of all applicants. Many factors are considered in evaluating an individual's application, but many successful applicants will have verbal, quantitative, and analytic writing GRE scores at or above the 40th percentile.

Application Checklist

  1. Complete an online application for admission and submit your $45.00 non-refundable application fee
    • Select "MS in Emergency Preparedness" as your program on the application
  2. Complete the UNMC Graduate Studies Application Materials 
    • Official transcripts
    • Three letters of reference
    • A one page personal statement which supports interest areas and career goal
    • A resume or curriculum vitae

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Application Deadlines

All materials must be received by the application deadline to be considered for admission.

 
Admission Semester Domestic Applications International Applications
Fall Semester June 1 April 1
Spring Semester October 1 August 1

 

Contact

Online Worldwide Educational Representative
Phone:
888.622.0332
E-mail: online@nebraska.edu

Program Contact
Phone: 402.552.9867
E-mail: coph@unmc.edu

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