Public Health, MPH (Emergency Preparedness)

Master of Public Health Degree with a Concentration in Emergency Preparedness

University of Nebraska Medical Center

  • Fully Online
  • 42
  • $597.00
  • $597.00

Why Pursue This Program

The online Master of Public Health (MPH) with a concentration in Emergency Preparedness is designed to prepare practice professionals in a world where emergency preparedness and response skills are increasingly essential to the public health infrastructure.  

The University of Nebraska Medical Centers College of Public Health, already renowned for its expertise in Biopreparedness and Biosecurity, is a leading researcher to establish evidence-based knowledge in the field.

Through coursework, students of the Emergency Preparedness, MPH will: 

  • Explore events including natural disasters, intentional acts of terrorism and newly emerging infectious disease threats.
  • The course curriculum is designed to be reflective and inclusive of current and nationally endorsed competencies in emergency preparedness leadership, crisis communication, information management, practice improvement and planning and responder health and safety.
  • Benefit from a flexible online format with key emergency preparedness content structured and delivered through course curriculum based on the focus areas established by the Federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Career Outlook: The importance of preparing for and minimizing the risks from emergencies will help sustain the demand and employment of individuals in the emergency management field.

Potential career options*:

  • Emergency operations center director
  • Emergency response Coordinator
  • Disaster reduction
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • Law enforcement
  • First response teams
  • Crime scene investigator
  • Red Cross Disaster Relief

*Career options outlined may require previous experience, licensure, certification or other designations.

More about the UNMC Master of Public Health (MPH):

The Master of Public Health Program (MPH) is a 42 credit hour, specialized professional master's degree program designed to prepare graduates for work in public health. Core courses are offered online and consistent with accreditation standards. The core curriculum focuses on the areas of knowledge critical to all public health practitioners. The concentration courses give students an in-depth study of discipline-specific competency areas. This value-based academic program will emphasize the areas of prevention, scientific knowledge base, and inter-dependency with other areas of knowledge and practice and social justice.

What's it like to take a program online?

Quality learning experience

The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.


Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.

Service you expect from a leading University

Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.

Council on Education for Public Health