The College of Osteopathic Medicine now offers a Master of Science degree in Disaster and Emergency Preparedness. This new 36-credit hour M.S. degree will provide graduates with an interprofessional program designed to provide them with the theoretical knowledge and applied skills to work within the field of emergency management from the local to the international level. The degree will offer courses in an online format, allowing individuals to participate from around the world.
As our society grows more complex, and our world continues to see an increase in disasters, both natural and man-made, we need more individuals with the knowledge and skills to lead communities in the preparation, planning, response, mitigation and recovery from these events. Graduates with an M.S. in Disaster and Emergency Preparedness will be able to go out into the public and private sectors to help create an environment in which a proactive approach to all-hazards preparedness is the standard. According to a 2009 report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for professionals in emergency preparedness rose 20% from 2004 with a prediction for continued growth for years to come.
In addition to the program core, students can choose from four selected specialty tracks in which they wish to concentrate their studies: maritime safety and security, cyber security, law enforcement/criminal justice, or public health. The degree program consists of required courses in biostatistics and a field practicum. As part of the core curriculum, all students must also take six credit hours from a management and leadership cluster and six credit hours from a threats, hazards, and impacts cluster. The remaining 18 credit hours can be chosen from general electives and the four selected tracks.
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