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Emergency Preparedness, MS

Master of Science

University of Nebraska Medical Center

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    36
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $560.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $560.00

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The Master of Science (MS) in Emergency Preparedness is designed to prepare professionals in a world where emergency preparedness and response skills are essential to the public health infrastructure.  Events explored include naturally occurring disasters, intentional acts of terrorism, and new emerging infectious disease threats.  The course curriculum is designed to be reflective and inclusive of current and nationally endorsed competencies in emergency preparedness leadership, communication, information management, practice improvement and planning and worker health and safety.

Research to establish evidence-based knowledge is only beginning to emerge. Academic institutions have a responsibility to fill this void and the University of Nebraska Medical Center's College of Public Health, already renowned for its expertise in Biopreparedness and Biosecurity, is emerging as a leader in the endeavor.  

The Federal Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) core focus areas have been adopted as the structural and conceptual basis for all course development and are as follows: Prevent, Protect, Respond and Recover. This curriculum is unique nationally and will serve students well. The key emergency preparedness content material is structured and will be delivered through four core courses based on the above essential core areas.  

University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health in addition to Higher Learning Commission accreditation
Ted Cieslak, MD
Associate Professor

A pediatrician and infectious disease physician, Dr. Ted Cieslak currently serves as Associate Director of UNMC’s Center for Biosecurity, Biopreparedness, and Emerging Infectious Diseases. He holds the rank of Associate Professor of Epidemiology within the University’s College of Public Health and also serves as Co-Director of the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

    Your degree must have a 3.0 or higher grade point average for the last 60 undergraduate or the last 18 graduate/post-baccalaureate credit hours completed

  2. 3.00 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Taken the GRE

  4. Taken the TOEFL

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  5. 3 letters of recommendation

  6. Official transcripts from all previous schools

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  • Complete an online application for admission. Select "MS in Emergency Preparedness" as your program on the application
  • Submit your $45.00 non-refundable application fee
  • Complete the UNMC Graduate Studies Application Materials
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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
June 1
Spring Semester
October 1

For International Students:

Fall Semester
April 1
Spring Semester
August 1
Course NumberCourse NameCredits
BIOS 806Biostatistics I3

Course Number: BIOS 806

Prerequisite: Undergraduate or graduate statistics course or permission of instructor. This course is designed to prepare the graduate student to understand and apply biostatistical methods needed in the design and analysis of biomedical and public health investigations. The major topics to be covered include types of data, descriptive statistics and plots, theoretical distributions, probability, estimation, hypothesis testing, and one-way analysis of variance. A brief introduction to correlation and univariate linear regression will also be given. The course is intended for graduate students and health professionals interested in the design and analysis of biomedical or public health studies.

CRCJ 8230Terrorism3

Course Number: CRCJ 8230

A course devoted to an exploration and analysis of contemporary special problems in the broad spectrum of law enforcement and corrections.

EPI 811/CPH 631Emergency Preparedness: Protection3

Course Number: EPI 811/CPH 631

This course is designed to prepare the graduate student to work in fields where emergency preparedness and response skills are essential to the public health infrastructure, in preparation for naturally occurring disasters, intentional acts of terrorism and new emerging infectious disease threats. Major topics to be covered include an introduction to Critical Infrastructure Protection (Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD) 7), agriculture defense and the history of emerging infectious disease. Students will then explore various protection agencies and initiatives to include the BIOSENSE Program, culminating in an overview of surveillance and detection.

EPI 820/CPH 504Introduction to Epidemiology3

Course Number: EPI 820/CPH 504

The objective of the course is to understand the application of survey and research methodology in epidemiology, especially in the community setting. Theoretical aspects will be taught as an integral part of understanding the techniques of study design and community survey. Concepts to be covered include measure of disease occurrence, measures of disease risk, study design, assessment of alternative explanations for data-based findings, and methods of testing or limiting alternatives. Students will be expected to address an epidemiological question of interest to them, first developing the hypothesis and conducting a literature search, then developing a study design and writing, in several stages, a brief proposal for the study.

HPRO 805Applied Research in Public Health3

Course Number: HPRO 805

This course will assist students to develop the basic skills to conduct applied research to address contemporary problems in public health. The course will emphasize proposal writing, data collection, research design, statistical analysis, computer application, and writing of research reports. Unique problems associated with data collection in public health settings such as public health departments, neighborhood health centers, and community-based organizations will be addressed. Both quantitative and qualitative research designs will be explored. Considerable emphasis is placed on evaluation of public health research published in scholarly publications. A research proposal/capstone service- learning proposal is written as one of the course requirements.

HPRO 810Emergency Preparedness: Prevention3

Course Number: HPRO 810

This course is designed to prepare the graduate student to work in a world where emergency preparedness and response skills are essential to the public health infrastructure, in preparation for naturally occurring disasters, intentional acts of terrorism and new emerging infectious disease threats. Major topics to be covered include an introduction to the National Response Framework, the Incident Command System (ICS) and the history of federal disaster legislation. Students will then explore various response agencies and initiatives to include the Strategic National Stockpile Program, culminating in an overview of risk assessment, disaster planning and the process of exercising disaster plans.

HPRO 812Emergency Preparedness: Respond3

Course Number: HPRO 812

This course is designed to prepare the graduate student to work in fields where emergency preparedness and response skills are essential to the public health infrastructure, in preparation for naturally occurring disasters, intentional acts of terrorism and new emerging infectious disease threats.  The course curriculum is designed to be reflective and inclusive of current and nationally endorsed competencies and focuses on topic areas related to the actual response to an event. Major topics to be covered include an introduction to on-site incident management, responder safety and health, animal disease emergency response, mass sheltering, citizen evacuation, and weapons of mass destruction (WMD), culminating in an overview of mass casualty triage and medical system surge.

HPRO 813Emergency Preparedness: Respond and Recover3

Course Number: HPRO 813

The course curriculum is designed to be reflective and inclusive of current and nationally endorsed competencies and focuses on topic areas related to the response to and recovery from an event. Major topics to be covered include a review and in-depth look at medical surge, mass immunization/dispensing, behavioral health, and mass fatalities culminating in an overview of short term and long term recovery concepts inherent to restoring economic, health, vital infrastructure, and community services.

HPRO 830Foundations of Public Health3

Course Number: HPRO 830

This is an introductory survey course, which will ensure that all public health students, within their first full year of study, are exposed to the fundamental concepts and theories that provide the basis for the body of knowledge in the field of public health. This course will prepare students to work in public health with a sound theoretical, conceptual, and historical basis for their work.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $560.00
  • Fees: $61.25
  • Total: $621.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1680.00
  • Fees: $183.75
  • Total: $1863.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $560.00
  • Fees: $61.25
  • Total: $621.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1680.00
  • Fees: $183.75
  • Total: $1863.75
Note: In addition to the fees outlined above, the College of Public Health charges a $150 Technology Fee each semester a student is enrolled.

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