The Master of Science in Disaster Medicine and Management is a comprehensive graduate-degree program encompassing all facets of disaster management. The program has 4-terms a year. The schedule for the 2014-2015 school year is as follows.
Fall Term (Begins August 18) - All materials should be submitted by June 30
Winter Term (Begins November 17) - All materials should be submitted by September 30
Spring Term (Begins February 16) - All materials should be submitted by December 30
Summer Term (Begins May 18) - All materials should be submitted by March 30
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 target individuals for program are medical, public safety and defense professionals working in the public and private sectors. The program is delivered as a partnership between Philadelphia University and the Department of Emergency Medicine of the Albert Einstein Health Network. Some of the professionals who would be served by this degree offering include:
- Physicians in emergency and disaster areas
- Nurses in emergency and disaster areas
- Nurse practitioners in emergency and disaster areas
- Physician assistants in emergency and disaster areas
- 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.