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MPH 650 Emergency Preparedness and Planning


Learn what it takes to be ready for the worst.

Format: Online
Duration: 8 weeks

A hazard is defined as a danger or risk and classified as either natural or man-made. It can be manageable or catastrophic. It can be immediate or predicted. To a public health worker, it can be one of the greatest challenges facing a community. In MPH 650 Emergency Preparedness and Planning you learn what it means to be prepared for any emergency.

In this course, you'll learn to analyze various types of disasters, hazards and civil conflict hazards that can be technological, meteorological, hydrological and geological. You'll also explore civil conflict hazards, mass shootings, riots, terrorism and war.

Discussions throughout the course about real disaster scenarios offer an opportunity to apply the theories and practices you've learned and test your ability to handle a public health emergency. This timely and relevant course will expand your appreciation for those on the front lines, and behind the scenes, in emergency events.

Sharing Your Views and Learning From Others

Regular discussions enhance your learning experience by allowing you to interact with your professors and peers on a range of relevant topics. The following is a sample discussion you may have in this course:


"Recovery and Mitigation Efforts for Radiological/Pandemic Events"

A massive radiological incident has hit and devastated your community located in the Midwestern portion of the United States. Many residents have been rendered homeless and need shelter and food. Based upon your research, what organizations are able to assist in the set up and coordination of a shelter? Would your shelter be located in a school gymnasium or a church facility?

Who can provide food and clothing for the victims? What are some of the medical issues that need to be addressed for those in the shelter? What other issues may need to be addressed?

*Source: Sample Week 5, Discussion.

What You'll Learn in MPH 650

This course introduces you to the core principles and practices of emergency planning, response and recovery from all types of hazards, threats, catastrophes, disasters and public health issues related to disasters.

You will explore the roles local, state, federal, tribal and county governments play, as well as the role of the nonprofit sector in an emergency response. You'll analyze the four elements of Emergency Management: Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Recovery. You'll learn the public health impacts of disasters (e.g. flooding, heat waves and earthquakes).

Further discussion and reading will include topics such as mass fatality and dead body management, stress reduction after a disaster and managing volunteers. You'll also explore the role of technology in response and recovery, as well as the growing issues related to global warming and increased threats from acts of terrorism.

Course Topics

Throughout this course, weekly topics may include but are not limited to:

  • General Public Hazard Awareness and Public Health Issues
  • Hazard Detection and Prevention
  • Managing the Needs and the Impacts on the Human Population
  • Preparedness Activities and Building Resiliency Using Volunteers
  • Recovery and Mitigation Efforts for Radiological/Pandemic Events
  • Disaster Management, Technology and the ICS Framework
  • Volcanoes, Wildfires and Winter Storms
  • The Future of Emergency Management and Public Health in Emergencies

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of MPH 650 Emergency Preparedness and Planning you will be able to:

  • Conduct research on specific disaster-related scenarios in order to analyze a problem and to develop workable solutions in creating an emergency management plan.
  • Develop techniques in order to conduct an all-hazards approach for a Hazard Vulnerability Assessment (HVA).
  • Demonstrate leadership and communications skills within the team concept in order to investigate, research and present analysis for case studies.
  • Demonstrate a learning competence for the role of local, state and federal government in emergency and public health management.

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To learn more about the curriculum of the online Master of Public Health curriculum from Benedictine University, including Emergency Preparedness and Planning, call (866) 295-3104 to speak with a program manager or request more information.