M.S. in Disaster Medicine and Management

Program Highlights

The M.S. in Disaster Medicine and Management program has many distinguishing elements. Students practice hands-on skills on real projects during an intensive on-campus week, partnerships and affiliations, build their networks professional organizations, and are eligible for a sought-after scholarship.


On-Campus Week: Real-World Exposure

During the six and a half day in-person week, students get to practice their hands-on skills and hear from disaster medicine experts. Past year experiences have included:
  • Hazard vulnerability assessments of Wells Fargo Center, home to the Philadelphia Flyers and Sixers, The Philadelphia Art Museum and Lehigh Valley International Airport
  • Full scale exercises at Einstein Medical Center, Einstein at Elkins
  • A dramatic full scale exercise held here at the University
  • A collapsed parking garage simulation exercise at a quarry

Take a look at some photos from the 2016 Summer On-Campus Week, where students worked with a variety of agencies similar to those you would have in any community—airports, stadiums, corporations, hotels and universities.


Partners and Affiliations

Albert Einstein Healthcare Network
Albert Einstein Healthcare Network was instrumental in the development of the disaster medicine and management program. Today, many of the program faculty and physicians were Einstein trained, and the partnership allow students access to Einstein internships and facilities.

» Click here to learn more about Albert Einstein Healthcare Network.


Saint Louis University
Saint Louis University (SLU) offers a biosecurity and disaster preparedness concentration within their Master of Public Health program. PhilaU and SLU have an agreement that allows students in either program to complete up to 2 courses at the other institution as an elective. This allows our students to experience course work in specialty areas such as communicable diseases, emerging infections and epidemics.

» Click here to learn more about Saint Louis University's program offerings


Naval Postgraduate School

Through a partnership with the University and Agency Partnership Initiative of the Naval Postgraduate School and U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Disaster Medicine and Management students have access to an expanded curriculum with UAPI partners, distance-learning technology, the Homeland Security Digital Library and other resources.

» Click here to learn more about the Naval Postgraduate School


Professional Organizations

Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) has a student chapter in the International Association of Emergency Managers. You can join the University's chapter for $45 per year. This is an important network to establish and has many resources that you can use as a student.

The IAEM is a non-profit organization with more than 5,000 members worldwide.  Its focus is on promotion of the "Principles of Emergency Management" and acting as a representative body of professionals who work and study as disaster management professionals. 


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