NSU HPD Catalog 2020-2021

Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine—Disaster and Emergency Management Program 99 • analyze the disaster process and differentiate disaster response actions, including recovery operations, from routine emergency operations • exhibit competencies for disaster mitigation, response, and recovery at the individual, community, state, and federal levels • demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to build resilience post-disaster in a variety of disaster settings • enter the field of emergency management and be leaders within this discipline Course of Study The M.S. program consists of six core courses (18 credits hours) which include: 1) an introductory course in all-hazards preparedness; 2) applied research methods; 3) disaster planning and evaluation; 4) a course in management and leadership; 5) a course covering different types of potential hazards, threats, and impacts to a community; and 6) a community research practicum. Along with these core requirements, the student can choose one of several concentrations, or choose to pursue a more generalized educational program in disaster and emergency management. If one of the six concentrations is chosen, it requires four courses (12 credit hours) from a list of courses related to that chosen concentration. To complete the degree, an additional two courses (6 credit hours) will be taken from any electives throughout the curriculum. This includes additional management and leadership courses, threats/hazards/impacts courses, general electives, or electives from any one of the six areas of concentration. If a more generalized program of study is desired, the student must take six courses (18 credit hours), in addition to the required courses, from any part of the curriculum. These may include additional management and leadership courses, threats/hazards/impacts courses, general electives, or any of the concentration electives. All students also have the option of choosing up to two courses (6 credit hours) from a preapproved selection of courses from the Master of Science in National Security Affairs and International Relations, a partner degree program offered by the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. These credits would substitute for general electives in the M.S. DEM program of study. In order to analyze the broad spectrum of hazardous events and to appropriately assess and employ the large volume and rapidly evolving literature in this field, all students are required to take an applied research course, an introductory course in all-hazards preparedness, and a course in writing and analyzing different types of disaster plans, as well as the practicum in their chosen specialization concentration. In addition to the four courses required for all students, each student must take a core of 3 credit hours from the Management and Leadership cluster and 3 credit hours from the Threats, Hazards, and Impacts cluster. Realizing that disaster and emergency management often crosses the boundaries of interests, as well as the professional lines of homeland security and other disciplines, students in the programwill be able to take courses from related programs at NSU, such as conflict resolution or national security affairs, as a substitute for up to 6 general elective credit hours (with permission of the adviser). Accreditation The program has been approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Admissions Requirements The Master of Science in Disaster and Emergency Management programevaluates the overall quality of its applicants, including academic achievement, life experience, recommendations, knowledge of the field of emergency management, and personal motivation. Though other criteria will be used to assess the overall quality of the applicant, the applicant must have • a bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, or terminal professional degree from a regionally accredited college or university or from a college or university accredited Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) Accrediting Commission • a cumulative, overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale from all institutions attended • the ability to express himself or herself in writing through a written statement submitted with the application • two letters of recommendation from college or university instructors, employers, work colleagues, etc. Any applicant who has graduated from a college or university in another country where English is not the primary language, regardless of United States residency status, must obtain a minimum score of 550 on the written, 213 on the computerized, or 79–80 on the Internet-based TOEFL, a score of 54 on the Pearson Test of English—Academic, a score of 6.0 on the IELTS, or a score of at least 100 on the Duolingo English. An official set of scores must be sent directly from the testing service to NSU’s EPS. GRE, MAT, or other professional program entrance exams (e.g., MCAT, LSAT, etc.) scores are preferred from all applicants except those who currently have a terminal degree (e.g., Ph.D., D.M.D., D.V.M., J.D., or D.O.) or those who already have a master’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. university or college or from a college or university accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) Accrediting

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