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MPH in Disaster Management

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.

Program Competencies

Upon completion of the MPH degree in Disaster Management, graduates will have the following competencies:

  • Apply scientific principles to prevent, detect, respond to, and mitigate local and global threats to public health associated with natural and man-made disasters.
  • Integrate public health strategies in each core component of disaster management: prevention, preparedness, response, mitigation, and recovery.
  • Implement population-based interventions to protect communities and particularly vulnerable populations from natural, accidental, and intentional disasters.
  • Evaluate the capacity of public health systems to effectively respond to natural and intentional disasters.
  • Apply international, federal, and state regulatory policies, guidelines, and authorities to address public health needs during disasters.
Admission Requirements

The Distance Learning Programs follow the Tulane SPHTM admission requirements. In addition, the department requests the following from applicants:

  • Baccalaureate degree with Grade Point Average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • At least 3 years of professional experience in and occupational health, industrial hygiene, environmental health or closely related field.
  • The application includes documentation of a bachelor’s degree and GPA (official transcript), a written statement of Purpose and Objectives, and three letters of recommendations.
  • The Application is submitted through SOPHAS.
Degree Program Requirements

The  MPH Degree in Disaster Management requires a total of 42 credits that include:

SPHTM - Core Courses (15 Credits)

  • SPHL 6050 Biostatistics for Public Health (3)
  • SPHL 6060 Epidemiology for Public Health (3)
  • GCHB 6030 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Global Health (3) OR SPHL 6080 Design Strategies for Public Health Programs (3)
  • GEHS 6030 Survey of Environmental Health (3)
  • SPHL 6070 Health Systems Policy and Management (3)

MPH in Disaster Management - Required Courses (18 Credits)

  • TRMD 6010 Biological Basis of Disease (3) OR SPHL 6020 Foundations in Public Health (3)
  • GEHS 6430 Disaster and Emergency Communication (3)
  • GEHS 6600 Principles of Toxicology (3)
  • GEHS 6910 Environmental Aspects of Disaster Response (3)
  • GEHS 6930 Population Issues During Disasters (3)
  • GEHS 6950 Psychosocial Aspects of Disasters (3)

* 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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