About the Program:


The MS in Healthcare Emergency Management prepares individuals to work across the spectrum of emergency and crisis management focusing on multiple areas of biomedical sciences and healthcare, along with practical experience. The program consists of a 36-credit, 12-month full-time course of study, with a part-time option.

The Masters program can be completed in-person or online through our virtual classroom. Our virtual classroom experience is a real-time distance learning environment. Based on Adobe® Connect™ web conferencing, our students are able to attend class from wherever they happen to be. The virtual classroom gives students the flexibility to attend graduate school without the major up heal in their lives that relocation would involve. Students can keep their urgent jobs, homes, and living situations while completing the HEM degree.

An article appearing in the November-December 2013 issue of Emergency Manager looks at the value of a degree in the field of EM and indicates that hiring trends are moving in the direction of giving preference to individuals with specific degrees in emergency management over more traditional choices from public safety departments who have no degree.

Virtual Classroom

Virtual Classroom

The BU Healthcare Emergency Management program is innovative in several aspects. From its focus on healthcare environments, to the hands on training in exercise development and incident command, this program provides students with a comprehensive background for facing the challenges of a career in emergency/disaster preparedness. Add to this the blended learning environment of our virtual classroom, which allows students to attend class in real time from across the country, and you have a truly unique program.

We have produced several short videos which look at various aspects of our program from different points of view.

Program Highlights:

  • 1 and 2 year tracks
  • Classes taught by recognized experts in the fields of: Emergency Management; Homeland Security; Disaster Relief; Incident Command; Exercise Design
  • Blended learning environment allows students to attend class at our Boston campus or from almost anywhere through our virtual classroom
  • Active participation in a variety of real-world exercises
  • Internships and practica provide students with valuable emergency management experience critical to future employment opportunities.
  • Paid internships (up to $15,000) available.

In the News…

HEM Distinguished Speaker Series: February 1, 2017
Time 2:00 p.m. Place: 650 Albany Street, Room 714

Title: Quantitative Gene Surveillance for Replikins Before Outbreaks of Zika, Ebola,Influenza, and others is limiting the pathogens’ advantage of complete surprise

A presentation by Samuel Bogoch, M.D., Ph.D.,
Distinguished Senior Scholar, Boston University School of Medicine

Co-author: Elenore S. Bogoch, M.D., D.M.D.”

Gene structures found to be related to rapid replication of pathogens, Replikins, are providing advance warning on outbreaks and their cessation. (More)

New Publication for HEM Alum and Faculty

Operation Canine Lifeline: Recommendations for Enhancing Prehospital Care for Government Working Dogs

Congratulations to Teija Corse (MS-HEM ’15), Chelsea Firth (MS-HEM ’15), and HEM Faculty Member JJ Burke on the publication of an article based on work completed in fulfillment of the requirements of the HEM Program.

Operation Canine Lifeline was a tabletop exercise developed by students and faculty of Boston University School of Medicine’s Healthcare Emergency Management master’s program. This tabletop exercise led to discussions on the current protocols for canines working in the field, what occurs if a canine encounters a toxin in the field, and what to do in situations of national security that require working with civilian agencies. These discussions have led to the creation of a set of recommendations for providing prehospital veterinary care to government working dogs who may have become exposed to toxins in the course of their duties.

Corse, T., Firth, C., Burke, J., Schor, K., Koterski, J., McGraw, S., Vincent-Johnson, N., Gordon,L., (2016). Operation canine lifeline: Recommendations for enhancing prehospital care for government working dogs. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/dmp.2016.171

Using Ebola as a Lens to Examine Medical Waste Sterilization.

Congratulations to Teija Corse (MS-HEM,’15) on publication of her journal article looking at the Ebola outbreak of 2014 as a case study for the management of hazardous medical waste.

Corse, T., Thomas, K., Broderick, J., Kabiri, N. S., Margulies, J., Masri, T., McCullen, J. and McMahon, M. (2015), Using Ebola as a Lens to Examine Medical Waste Sterilization. World Medical & Health Policy, 7: 402–411. doi: 10.1002/wmh3.164 (link)

Statisticians Use Social Media to Track Foodborne Illness Outbreaks, Improve Disaster Response

SEATTLE, WA — The growing popularity and use of social media around the world is presenting new opportunities for statisticians to glean insightful information from the infinite stream of posts, tweets and other online communications that will help improve public safety. More…

HHS develops resource portal, radiation detection tech

The aim is to provide an easy-to-use online catalog for quick disaster response. (More…)

New study could help bio-threat response

The latest research on anthrax will inject a new class of human-based data into the National Biological Threat Risk Assessment data tool developed and used by the Department of Homeland Security.

Research backed by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and DHS’s Science & Technology Directorate cultured human lung cells that have been infected with a benign version of anthrax spores to yield new data on how anthrax grows and spreads in humans. (More…)

PCS signs partnership agreement with Boston University. 

Boston University will be working closely with the PCS, integrating academic input to influence the design, development and delivery of internationally recognised and accredited learning. (More)

Communications: DHS transfers emergency-response tech

The Department of Homeland Security’s tech directorate has begun transferring a web-based, app-driven emergency response system to a nonprofit center that will disseminate it more widely among emergency responders. (More)

Ebola modeling floats flood response app
Virginia Tech graduate students built a tool that integrates local open data with an Ebola response model to aid emergency response to flooding.(More)

FCC Seeks Comment on What ‘Emergency’ Means for School Mass Notifications
Can schools and colleges consider every mass notification they send out an “emergency?” That’s the question at the heart of a request filed with the Federal Communications Commission by Blackboard. (More)

U.S., Japan Bring Big Data and Data Analytics to Disaster Response
Rapid advances in information technology are providing new opportunities to improve disaster management. For example, new computer systems and networks — from sensor networks to smartphones and cyber-physical systems — are giving rise to powerful data streams that have the potential to facilitate timely and effective action during disasters. (More)