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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…

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
Compendium of Links to Other Organizations – US GOV and Other Countries

Links to US Government Resources and Guidance Documents

US DHHS CDC Ebola Information Page
Multiple Guidance Documents for Health Care Providers and Others
Case Definitions
Transportation Information and Guidance
Fatality Management

US Dpt of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Ebola Information

International Response
West Africa Situation Reports

The CDC offers guidance for EMS systems responding to suspected Ebola cases. – October 1, 2014

Deborah Hayes and Emergencymgmt.com with tips for planning for the evacuation needs of disabled persons. – September 29, 2014

In light of the rise in Ebola Epidemic in West Africa, Yale-Tulane ESF-8 Planning and Response Program has produced a special report. This report has been compiled entirely from open source materials. Alumni, graduate students from Tulane and Yale, and members of Team Rubicon have assisted in putting this report together. – October 3, 2014

The CDC has updated its Preparedness and Response Framework for Influenza Pandemics. – 26 Sept 2014

Some extracts:

CDC has updated its framework to describe influenza pandemic progression using six intervals (two prepandemic and four pandemic intervals) and eight domains. The six intervals of the updated framework are as follows: 1) investigation of cases of novel influenza, 2) recognition of increased potential for ongoing transmission, 3) initiation of a pandemic wave, 4) acceleration of a pandemic wave, 5) deceleration of a pandemic wave, and 6) preparation for future pandemic waves.

Influenza Risk Assessment Tool (IRAT): IRAT is used by the U.S. government and the WHO Global Influenza Surveillance and Response System as a risk assessment process that involves data gathering, discussion, and consensus building among subject-matter experts to assign a risk score. Ten predefined risk elements are given a risk score.

Pandemic Severity Assessment Framework (PSAF): PSAF is based on transmissibility and clinical severity parameters and uses different scales for initial assessments in an emerging pandemic, and for later, more refined assessments. The initial assessment, performed early in the outbreak when epidemiologic data are limited, uses a dichotomous scale of low-moderate versus moderate-high transmissibility and severity. The later assessment, performed when more reliable data are available, is more refined, using a 5-point scale for transmissibility and a 7-point scale for clinical severity.

Planning and response efforts for recent novel influenza-A viruses and pandemics have been organized into eight domains to ensure that subject-matter expertise is properly applied to all aspects of the event. The decisions and actions are further stratified into these domains so that the trajectory of planning and response activities for any one domain can be more easily followed. The eight domains are incident management, surveillance and epidemiology, laboratory, community mitigation, medical care and countermeasures, vaccine, risk communications, and state/local coordination.

IT News has a brief story on how Dunkin’ Donuts watches out for its employees.

Security InfoWatch news letter had three articles of interest for Emergency Managers this week: