The MPH in Disaster Management program develops the skills to prepare for, respond to and manage the public health aspects of natural and man-made disasters - locally to globally. The program prepares professionals in disaster preparedness, response and management, crises communication, population issues associated with disasters, psychosocial aspects of disasters and epidemiology and biostatistics.
Students in the program come from a wide-range of experiential and educational backgrounds in public health, environmental health, biological sciences, behavioral health, and many others. Characteristics of successful disaster managers have leadership qualities and are the ability to apply scientific and management principles in response to rapidly changing situations, work within the chain of command, multitask, make decisions based on evolving information and communicate accurately and succinctly.
Upon completion of the MPH degree in Disaster Management, graduates will have the following competencies:
The Distance Learning Programs follow the Tulane SPHTM admission requirements. In addition, the department requests the following from applicants:
The MPH Degree in Disaster Management requires a total of 42 credits that include:
SPHTM - Core Courses (15 Credits)
MPH in Disaster Management - Required Courses (18 Credits)
* Students who demonstrate knowledge of public health biology may substitute this course with an elective course.
Elective Courses (9 credits)
Selected from courses offered within the department, school, or university in consultation with an academic advisor.
Practicum (SPHL 9980)
The Practicum is designed to demonstrate application of occupational and environmental public health principles in practice. OHSM students complete a 200 hour practicum. Mid-career students may do a leadership or quality improvement practicum. The practicum is usually competed after core courses are completed.
Specific information competencies for the Practicum may be found in the Practicum Handbook. Students should contact Kathy Carneiro to discuss practicum requirements at least one full semester prior to the semester of intended graduation.
Culminating Experience (SPHL 7590)
The Culminating Experience is a public health analysis (PHA) of an occupational or environmental health management issue that applies and integrates the classroom knowledge/ skills and demonstrates the competencies you have attained in your studies; see Culminating Experience Handbook. You select the topic in consultation with your advisor and produce a written PHA document. The advisor and student develop 3 specific objectives for the PHA that demonstrate the program competencies. Students should contact Kathy Carneiro to discuss the PHA practicum requirements at least one full semester prior to the semester of intended graduation.
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