Emergency & Disaster Management/Master of Public Health


  • Center City Campus
  • Online
  • College of Health Professions
  • College of Population Health

Degree Earned

Master's of Science

Program Length

1 -3 years

Program Type

  • Hybrid

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Bachelor Degree


Name: David Nitsch, BS, MPH, NREMT-P
Position: Program Director, Emergency & Disaster Management


Name: Rosemary (Rosie) Frasso, PhD, MSc, CPH
Position: Program Director


Name: Zoë Van Orsdol, MA, MPH
Position: Assistant Director

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The Emergency & Disaster Management — Public Health Dual Degree (MS/MPH) option is open to students applying to or currently in the Master of Science in Emergency & Disaster Management program or in the Master of Public Health at the Jefferson College of Population Health.

This dual degree offers an opportunity for students to learn about the intersection of public health and emergency management. When a natural disaster strikes or a contagious disease spreads, swift and coordinated responses are required to restore order along with vital services, utilities and infrastructure. This makes emergency management professionals a vital component to any comprehensive public health system. Public health professionals in emergency management respond to major disasters to protect residents from disease outbreaks and other hazards that result from contaminated food and water, chemical releases, insect-borne diseases, and unmet medical needs.

We are prepared to support EDM/MPH students as they integrate public health tools and knowledge with emergency management experience. Accepted students work with academic advisors to receive individualized course progression plans. 


EDM students should complete the following course work (27 credits) to earn the MS in EDM degree.

  • DMM 610 Foundations in Emergency Management
  • DMM 631 Organizational Management and Communications in Disasters
  • DMM 635 Psychological Aspects of Disasters
  • DMM 639 Disaster Exercise and Drills
  • DMM 640 Logistic Management for Disasters
  • DMM 643 Public Health Implications of Disasters
  • DMM 755 Capstone Experience in DMM (joint with MPH)
  • 2 Electives

EDM/MPH students must take the following courses on-campus in Center City, Philadelphia (36 credits) to earn the MPH:

  • PBH 501 Foundations of Public Health
  • PBH 500 Foundations of the US Healthcare System
  • PBH 502 Society, Behavior & the Environment
  • PBH 504 OR PBH 505 Fundamentals of Statistics
  • PBH 506 Fundamentals of Epidemiology
  • PBH 509 Foundations of Policy & Advocacy
  • PBH 510 Health Research Methods
  • PBH 520 Program Planning, Implementation, & Evaluation
  • PBH 651 Clerkship- Applied Practice Experience (joint with DMM)
  • PBH 609 GIS Mapping
  • Three electives

For current students in the EDM program who wish to complete the EDM/MPH dual degree may apply to public health program by contacting enroll@jefferson.edu

To learn more, please visit the MPH website

Jefferson's Master of Public Health (MPH) program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)