Public Health Practice, DrPH (Emergency Preparedness)

Doctor of Public Health Degree in Public Health Practice with a Concentration in Emergency Preparedness

University of Nebraska Medical Center

  • Fully Online
  • 54 - 57
  • $597.00
  • $597.00

Why Pursue This Program

The online Doctor of Public Health Program (DrPH) in Public Health Practice with a concentration in Emergency Preparedness is designed to provide high level problem solving and critical thinking knowledge and skills that can be used in preparing for and responding to emergencies.

Students in the DrPH program gain skills to:

  • Formulate solutions to challenges from complex disasters
  • Evaluate need and implement an Area Command or a Multiagency Coordination Center (MAC)
  • Organize and manage a command structure to support an expanding event
  • Construct an exercise program for an agency or organization
  • Conduct a tabletop exercise, functional exercise and full-scale exercise

Courses focus on the concepts inherent to leadership and the management of complex events in Emergency Preparedness through the phases of prevention, protection, response and recovery, to prepare students for high level leadership positions both in public health and healthcare. Additional courses such as Exercise Development and Managing Complex Incidents provide essential strategies to prepare their organization/community for a disaster, as well as how to operate in a leading role during a disaster response.

DrPH students also work with leaders in public health practice during practicum experiences providing the opportunity to apply academic knowledge in a practice setting and complete a practice-based dissertation consistent with an advanced practice designed to influence programs, policies or systems addressing public health.

Career Outlook:

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of emergency management directors is projected to grow 4% from 2019 to 2029. The importance of preparing for and minimizing the risk from emergencies will sustain demand and employment opportunities for emergency management directors. These workers will be needed to help businesses and organizations continue to provide essential services during and after emergencies.

More about the online DrPH in Public Health Practice: 

The DrPH in Public Health Practice degree prepares students to work as a leader or administrator in a variety of practice-based settings with the public, private or academic sectors. DrPH graduates advance programs, policies and systems to improve population health in the United States and globally. 

Examples of careers with a DrPH include: 

  • Health Department Director
  • Health Policy Advisor
  • Public Health Program Director
  • Community Health Manager

The DrPH is substantially different from a PhD with the focus of a DrPH in Public Health Practice is to prevent disease or injury and to improve the health within a specific community. Graduates are expected to occupy leadership positions that have a major influence on achieving important, broad-reaching, public health objectives in communities. A PhD degree focuses on the skills needed to make research-based contributions to the field of public health which contributes to generalizable knowledge.

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