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Public Health, MPH (Emergency Preparedness)

Master of Public Health

University of Nebraska Medical Center

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    42
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $580.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $580.00

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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 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.


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

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 enables maximum learning and because technology provides students with maximum access to education.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

  2. 3.00 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Taken the TOEFL

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  4. A written personal statement

  5. 3 letters of recommendation

  6. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  7. *Temporary Suspension of GRE Requirement: Due to challenges with testing center availability, the GRE requirement for the MPH program fall 2020 application has been suspended.

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 the online application. Use "School Designation" section in online application to select program and area of concentration you wish to apply .
  • Submit application fee.

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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
June 1
Spring Semester
October 1

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CPH 500Foundations of Public Health3

Course Number: CPH 500

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.

CPH 504Epidemiology in Public Health3

Course Number: 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.

CPH 506Biostatistics I3

Course Number: CPH 506

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.

CPH 514Planning and Evaluation3

Course Number: CPH 514

This course is designed to prepare the graduate student, professional student, or fellow to apply multi-leveled evidence-based policy and program approaches to improve public health. The course will guide students through planning and evaluating the impact of public health strategies based on the reach, effectiveness, scalability, implementation quality and sustainability of these approaches in complicated and complex systems.

CPH 528Servicing Learning for MPH Students3

Course Number: CPH 528

The purpose of this course is to provide all students with an applied, scholarly, and mutually beneficial experience in a public health practice setting. This experience augments the academic course work, meets community needs and provides students with an opportunity to integrate and apply at least five foundational public health competencies. Students are expected to demonstrate mastery of public health principles, values and practice. All partner organizations must be approved by the Office of Public Health Practice. Applied practice experiences may involve governmental, non-governmental, non-profit, industrial and for-profit settings or appropriate university-affiliated settings. To be appropriate for applied practice experience activities, university-affiliated settings must be primarily focused on community engagement, typically with external partners. University health promotion or wellness centers may also be appropriate

CPH 529MPH Capstone Experience3

Course Number: CPH 529

A community-based experience, designed to provide students with firsthand, scholarly, supervised experience in a practice setting. This experience augments the academic course work, meets actual community needs, and provides students with an opportunity to integrate and apply/test knowledge, principles and skills acquired through classroom instruction. Students will demonstrate mastery of public health principles, values and practice.

CPH 539Leadership in Advocacy3

Course Number: CPH 539

This course incorporates public health leadership theory and practices that are grounded in biomedical and social science and sanctioned by public law. Also included is the politics of communities and organizations. Advocacy is emphasized as a key tool to secure funding and to help assure that local, state, and federal policy-makers will adopt, implement and maintain important public health regulations, policies and programs.

CPH 550Emergency Preparedness: Prevention3

Course Number: CPH 550

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.

CPH 553Emergency Preparedness: Response3

Course Number: CPH 553

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.

CPH 554Emergency Preparedness: Response and Recovery3

Course Number: CPH 554

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.

CPH 631Emergency Preparedness: Protection3

Course Number: 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.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
Elective Credits9

Course Number:

Elective credits are selected in consultation with a student’s academic advisor and allow the student to gain further knowledge and skills in areas of interest to the student.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $580.00
  • Fees: $71.25
  • Total: $651.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1740.00
  • Fees: $213.75
  • Total: $1953.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $580.00
  • Fees: $71.25
  • Total: $651.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1740.00
  • Fees: $213.75
  • Total: $1953.75
Note: 

The College of Public Health charges a $200 Technology Fee each semester a student is enrolled. 

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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.

  • Flexibility

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