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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…

Reminder: 10/30 Lecture — Ebola: From the Front Lines

Join medical and public health experts from BU’s Schools of Public Health and Medicine, the NEIDL and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health as they share facts about Ebola, firsthand experience in Sierra Leone, health system preparedness in Massachusetts and the US, quarantine, travel restrictions, ethical and legal issues, and research. This two-hour seminar will be held from noon-2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, in Keefer Auditorium.


  • George Annas, JD, MPH, William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights, SPH
  • Nahid Bhadelia, MD, assistant professor of medicine, BUSM; director of infection control, NEIDL
  • Mary Clark, JD, MPH, Director, Preparedness and Emergency Management, MDPH
  • Alfred DeMaria, MD, Medical Director and State Epidemiologist, MDPH
  • Wendy Mariner, JD, MPH, LLM, Edward R. Utley Professor, Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights, SPH

CDC Ebola Safety Training Travel Grants
International Society for Infectious Diseases
Deadline: Open until funds are depleted
The International Society for Infectious Diseases is offering travel grants to individuals attending the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Ebola safety training courses being held in Anniston, Alabama. Licensed clinicians that have been admitted to the class and have plans to deploy to West Africa are eligible. Grants will be accepted on a rolling basis and distributed until funds are depleted. For more information and to apply for funds, visit the following links:
ISID travel grant application page
CDC training course information page

Joint Commission Ebola Standards
While surveying healthcare organizations readiness to receive a confirmed or suspected Ebola patient, the Joint Commission accreditation chapters identified in this document are focal to identifying strengths and/or gaps to safely and effectively managing the infectious Ebola patient within an organization, while minimizing the risk of transmission to self or others.

The Community Health Resilience Initiative has been compiling a list of Ebola, Enterovirus and Emerging Infectious Disease Resources. – October 27, 2014

CNN’s Dr Sanjay Gupta demonstrates the application and removal of CDC recommended protective equipment for dealing with Ebola patients and discusses potential associated exposure risks in this video. – October 20, 2014

A New England Regional Emergency Coordinator of the US Dpt of Health and Human Services, ASPR/OEM, Gregory T. Banner, compiled a list of the major websites with compendiums of the Ebola resources being produced. – October 14, 2014

The Congressional Research Service Report on “Federal and State Quarantine and Isolation Authority” is available online here. – October 10, 2014