Emergency & Disaster Management Master of Science


College of Health Professions


Master of Science


East Falls


Online, On Campus




1 - 3 Years


Position: Program Director
Organization: Jefferson - East Falls Campus
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The MS in Emergency & Disaster Management is an online distance program or an on-campus program. The 36-credit, 12-course curriculum can be completed in one to three years, depending on a student’s course load. Coursework is available in the fall, spring and summer terms. Eight courses are required as outlined in the core section; with 4 electives that you choose from among the course offerings.

Online Distance-Learning Program

  • While the majority of the program is online, all students are required to take the Principles of Disaster Exercises and Drills class that involves participating in the one-time, on-campus conference and exercise week (6.5 days) offered only in the summer.
  • The on-campus week will include live lectures, hand-on skills labs, role-playing seminars, disaster drills and a table top exercise.
  • Students complete the course sequence as it fits their schedule.

Core Curriculum

Students are required to take all eight of the below courses, all are three (3) credit hours. Course in bold with asterisks (*) is part of the mandatory 6.5 day on-campus experience with online and group course work.

  • Foundations in Emergency Management
  • Organizational Management and Communications in Disasters
  • Psychological Aspects of Disasters 
  • Principles of Disaster Exercises and Drills *
  • Public Health Implications of Disasters
  • Logistic Management for Disasters
  • Applied Research Methods and Statistics
  • Capstone in Emergency and Disaster Management


Students select four electives from the following options:
All courses are three (3) credit hours unless otherwise indicated.

  • Foundations in Homeland Security and Defense
  • International and Humanitarian Disaster Management
  • Hazardous Materials and Industrial Safety
  • GIS in Emergency Management
  • Natural Disasters
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • Organizational Risk and Crisis Management
  • Business and Crisis Continuity
  • Organizational Recovery and Planning
  • Principles of Terrorism
  • Emergency Preparedness for Special Needs Population
  • Healthcare Emergency Management
  • Clinical Disaster Medicine
  • Special Topics in Disaster Medicine and Management (1-3 credits)

Sample Curricula

Students may enroll into the program in fall or spring,  and can choose between full-time and part-time options to complete the required credits.