PhilaU’s M.S. in Disaster Medicine and Management program, delivered as a partnership between Philadelphia University and the Department of Emergency Medicine of the Albert Einstein Health Network, was developed to prepare individuals with the knowledge and expertise to manage and develop the increasingly complex disaster management and preparedness requirements of the 21st century.
In addition to PhilaU's M.S. degree, we offer two certificate programs, one in Disaster Medicine and Management and the other in Business Continuity.
Recent events have focused the world’s attention on the prevalence of both natural and manmade disasters. These events include biological and chemical terrorism, war, tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, wildfires, volcanoes, hazardous materials and major power grid disruptions. The program encompasses the study of terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, hazardous materials, natural disasters, psychological aspects of disasters, public-health considerations of disasters, research methods and disaster planning and management including risk assessment, incident command and resource allocation.
The effects of all of these disasters on people, animals, the environment, physical structures and our public infrastructure have been immense. This increased attention to our public safety, emergency medical services (EMS), Emergency Management, and public health systems has created a need for individuals skilled to manage and prepare for new potential disasters. PhilaU’s distinctive curriculum fully prepares students to become leaders in all areas of disaster and emergency management.
The target individuals for program are medical, public safety and defense professionals working in the public and private sectors. Some of the professionals who would be served by this degree offering include:
- Physicians and physician assistants
- Nurses and nurse practitioners
- EMTs and paramedics
- Environmental-health professionals
- Healthcare and government administrators
- Military members and Department of Defense personnel
- Non-governmental agency administrators
- Public-health professionals
- Emergency managers
Philadelphia University maintains a focus on outstanding teaching, individualized student service and innovative research, including research focused on national preparedness. Disaster Medicine and Management is part of the College of Science, Health and the Liberal Arts, which offers two learning formats: an online program with a 6.5 day on-campus required week and an on-campus program– a combination of in-person classroom seminars and activities with supportive material in the Blackboard learning management system and the 6.5 day on-campus required week.