M.S. in Disaster Medicine and Management

M.S. Curriculum

M.S. Curriculum 

The program is designed as a 36-credit, 12-course curriculum that can be completed in one to three years depending on the course load taken by the student. The courses will be offered in four 12-week semesters per year.  Eight courses are required as outlined in the core section; with 4 electives that you choose from among the course offerings.

The DMM Program is delivered in 2 ways:

  1. The first method is done mainly as a distance learning program which can be done both for students from the US and for international students, studying from their home countries.  This actively engaged process involves research, discussion boards, adobe chats, and a variety of assignments that lead to participating in the emergency management community.  All students are required to take the Psychological Aspects of Disaster’s course and the Principles of Disaster Exercises & Drills class which 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.  In this program students complete the course sequence as it fits their schedule. 

  2. The second delivery method, particularly popular with those from other countries, allows students to come to the campus to study in a fulltime program.  This more traditional academic method allows students to complete the program by registering for class sections that combine in-person classroom seminars and activities with supportive material in the Blackboard learning management system. This delivery method is termed a hybrid section. Students must meet with the faculty in person on-campus and in faculty led activities in the community. Although graduate study is a more independent, research and writing intensive process than undergraduate education, ample opportunities exist for in-person activities.  These required sessions involve lecture material, as well as application to real world learning opportunities to gain experience. The integration of theory and practice is emphasized. It is required for international students present in the US to attend these activities. Using the University resources and our academic partners, we have designed the hybrid on-campus course sections with opportunities to explore and discuss pertinent topics during each term. A typical schedule has the student involved for 2 hours a week with the faculty and mentor.

    Students enrolled in the on-campus method are also required to participate one time in the 6.5 day on-campus conference and exercises week during the summer session when they are enrolled in both Psychological Aspects of Disasters and Principles of Disaster Exercises & Drills, as part of the required work for these two courses.  As noted above, the on campus week will include live lectures, hand-on skills labs, role-playing seminars, disaster drills and a table top exercise.  The design of the hybrid on-campus model fulfills the U.S. Federal Government fulltime status requirements for F1 student visas.

Both options include a variety of teaching modalities such as on-line PowerPoint© lectures with audio, asynchronous discussion boards, synchronous chat rooms, reading assignments, research papers, on-line journals and on-line testing.

All students will also be required to complete a capstone experience that has several options, but a formal thesis is not required. Please see the program materials for information on this applied project.

The program can arrange for students to participate in an internship at a site that provides emergency and disaster planning and preparedness in the United States and internationally.

A minimum of 100 hours of experiential learning is required for all students. By blending the academic course work with real life experiences in the discipline of emergency management and disaster medicine, students have the opportunity to apply the theories learned in the classroom setting. These experiential learning opportunities vary with the students interests but must address specific types of skill application activities. These hours are in addition to any class assignments and internship hours.  This individualized plan is created in the initial Principles of Disaster Medicine and Management course and implemented throughout the program.

Sample Course Sequence DMM program 

Since students have the option to take from 1 -3 courses per term this is presented as a sample schedule. Students are required to complete a course plan based upon the course schedule provided, taking into consideration the terms elective courses are offered.

Fall term 1
DMM 611 Principle of Disaster Medicine and Management
Elective # 1

Winter term 2
DMM 647 Disaster Emergency Planning
DMM643 Public Health Implication in Disasters

Spring term 3          
DMM 631 Organizational Management and Communications in Disasters
Elective # 2

Summer term 4
DMM 635 Psychological Aspects of Disasters
DMM 639 Principles of Disaster Exercises and Drills

Fall term 5
DMM 651 Applied Research and Statistics
Elective # 3

Winter term 6
DMM 755 – Capstone
Elective #4

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