MS in Healthcare Emergency Management

Listed among’s top programs in Emergency Management, 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)
  • Listed among’s top programs offering graduate degrees in Emergency Management

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BUSM’s HEM program named among the top programs for Emergency Management

The BUSM Master’s Program in Healthcare Emergency Management has been named as a top program in the US based on curriculum quality, program flexibility, affordability and graduate outcomes by The HEM Program has been recognized as having the best virtual campus of any program offered.

Each online degree program was analyzed using methodology incorporating the most recent data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and statistical data from the National Center for Education Statistics. Only programs from accredited nonprofit institutions were eligible.

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Dr. Anthony Abruzzese of the HEM Program recently presented on the Challenges of Assessing Community Disaster Resilience 
in a Pre-disaster Context at the 11th Annual Homeland Defense/Security Education Summit, 2018 hosted by the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security & Cybersecurity, University at Albany.