M.S. in Disaster Medicine and Management

M.S. Curriculum - Distance and On-Campus Options

The M.S. in Disaster and Medicine Management is available in two different formats: Distance or On-Campus Learning.

  • The program is designed as a 36-credit, 12-course curriculum that can be completed in one to three years depending on a student’s course load.
  • 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.
  • Distance Learning Option
    • While the majority of the program is online, all students are required to take the Psychological Aspects of Disaster’s course and the Principles of Disaster Exercises & 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.
  • Classroom-Learning Option
    • This format combines in-person seminars and activities with supportive material in the online Blackboard learning management system.
    • Students must meet with the faculty in person, on campus and in faculty-led activities in the community.
    • These required sessions involve lecture material, as well as application to real world learning opportunities to gain experience, emphasizing the integration of theory and practice.
  • Using the University resources and our academic partners, we have designed the on-campus course sections with opportunities to explore and discuss pertinent topics during each term.
  • All students are required to participate 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, in addition to the online work for these two courses.
  • The design of the 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 in class and on-line PowerPoint© lectures with audio, asynchronous discussion boards, synchronous chat rooms, reading assignments, research papers, journaling and creative assessments to engage you in a total learning experience.
  • All students are 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.
    • 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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