MS in Healthcare Emergency Management

Ranked at #4 among colleges offering online Masters programs in Emergency Management by and cited as having the “Best Virtual Campus” by, Boston University’s MS in Healthcare Emergency Management prepares individuals to work across the spectrum of emergency and crisis management, with an emphasis on events related to the fields of biomedical sciences and healthcare.

This innovative emergency management program provides students with a comprehensive background for facing the challenges of a career in emergency/disaster preparedness by emphasizing hands-on training in exercise development and incident command in its focus on risk, crisis, and emergencies that may occur in healthcare environments.

Program Structure

This master’s degree in healthcare emergency management program consists of a 36-credit course of study. This program may be completed in as few as 12 months on a full-time basis.  Students may also elect to complete the program part-time.

The program can be completed in-person or online through our virtual classroom, based on Adobe® Connect™ web conferencing. This real-time distance learning environment provides students with the flexibility to attend graduate school without relocating, allowing them to maintain their jobs, homes and living situations while completing the degree.

Program Highlights:

  • Flexible one or two year program schedule with full-time and part-time tracks
  • Blended learning environment allows students to attend class at our Boston campus or from almost anywhere through our virtual classroom
  • Classes taught by recognized experts in the fields of emergency management, homeland security, disaster relief, incident command and exercise design
  • Active participation in a variety of real-world exercises
  • Internships and practica provide students with valuable emergency management experience critical to future employment opportunities
  • Access to paid internships (up to $15,000)
  • Ranked #4  by among colleges and universities offering online Masters programs in Emergency Management
  • Listed among‘s top programs offering graduate degrees in Emergency Management for best virtual classroom experience

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Preparedness tips to keep your pets safe

With hurricane season officially underway since June 1, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) offers some essential advice regarding the safety of your pets.  “…too many times: pets stuck in shelters, or worse, because their owners had no place to take them, or homeowners who feel trapped in a dangerous home because they don’t know where to take their pets,” said Eric Cioppa, NAIC President and Superintendent of the Maine Bureau of Insurance.  You can plan ahead to keep your pets safe.

  • Keep an emergency kit for your pet. Include food, necessary medications, vet records and an identification tag.
  • Have a carry-crate ready to go. Make sure no matter where you go, Fido has convenient transport and/or a safe retreat.
  • Know where to evacuate. Many shelters won’t accept pets. Keep a list of pet-friendly hotels or facilities that provide pet boarding, and make sure you can meet any requirements (like providing vet records).
  • Have bottled water on hand: Flood waters aren’t safe to drink, even for animals. Store a gallon of fresh water for each pet.
  • Keep your flood insurance policy in a safe place: A flood insurance policy can ensure your pets have a safe place to come home to. Flood insurance policies are available through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and on the private market.

During recent floods in the Midwest, Reuters reported that hundreds of pets were lost or imperiled by floodwaters. After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, an estimated 15,000 animals had to be rescued, according to CNN. (Source: NAIC)

BUSM’s HEM program named among the top 5 online programs for Emergency Management in two surveys

The BUSM Master of Science in Healthcare Emergency Management has been named among the top Masters Degree programs in the US based on curriculum quality, program flexibility, affordability and graduate outcomes by The HEM Program has been recognized as #2 overall and as having the best virtual campus of any program offered. The Healthcare Emergency Management Program was also ranked at #4 by among Masters level online programs in Emergency Management.

Both surveys analyzed each online degree program using similar methodologies, incorporating the most recent data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), as well as statistical data from the National Center for Education Statistics. Only programs from accredited nonprofit institutions were eligible for participation in these surveys.

Summer Safety Tips from the National Safety Council – Warm weather is here, the kids are out of school and families are planning all sorts of activities. Here are some tips for surviving the warm weather months from the NSC.

Hurricane Season – the Atlantic Hurricane Season starts on June 1st.  Are you prepared for storms and other seasonal hazards?  Visit’s Hurricane Preparedness website for information on personal and community preparedness, as well as links to a variety of resources.  The American Red Cross hurricane preparedness pages also have tips for hurricane preparations.