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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.

Graduate Student Fairs: come learn about our program! We will attend The I-74 Graduate and Professional School Fairs in Central Illinois this fall.


In the News…

The Congressional Research Service Report on “Federal and State Quarantine and Isolation Authority” is available online here.

In this video, Dr. Anthony Fauci discusses with Chris Wallace of Fox News how inadequate World Health Organization protocols are likely why Dallas healthcare workers were infected with Ebola.

CNN’s Dr Sanjay Gupta demonstrates exposure risks emergency workers face when following CDC procedures dealing with ebola patients in this informative video.

A New England Regional Emergency Coordinator of the US Dpt of Health and Human Services, ASPR/OEM, Gregory T. Banner, compiled the following list of the major websites with compendiums of the Ebola resources being produced. – October 15, 2014

US DHHS National Library of Medicine Ebola Resource page
https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/ebola/index.html
Compendium of Links to Other Organizations – US GOV and Other Countries

US DHHS PHE.GOV Site
http://www.phe.gov/Preparedness/responders/ebola/Pages/default.aspx
Links to US Government Resources and Guidance Documents

US DHHS CDC Ebola Information Page
https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/ebola/index.html
Multiple Guidance Documents for Health Care Providers and Others
Case Definitions
Transportation Information and Guidance
PPE
Fatality Management

US Dpt of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Ebola Information
https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/ebola/index.html

USAID
http://www.usaid.gov
International Response
West Africa Situation Reports