MPH with a Concentration in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Relief (Online Program)
The field of disaster management and humanitarian relief plays an important role in global health, especially in areas of armed conflict and natural disasters. With the increase in weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear and biological threats from terrorist groups and radical states, the need for formal training and education has increased. Local and international organizations, governments and United Nation agencies are in need of highly trained professionals to manage and direct programs to reduce the global public health threats that continue to plague us. Where and when the next tsunami or earthquake will strike, or how the next terrorist group will respond is unknown. But the logic behind professionally mitigating and preparing for one of these incidences places us in a stronger position to respond.
This concentration builds on the existing framework of the College of Public Health core courses, field experience and special project. Combining this framework with the existing disaster management and humanitarian courses will provide graduates with the ability to recognize, assess, implement and evaluate a global or local disaster.
For eligible out-of-state students special tuition rates may apply. Contact Jessica Grossman for more information.
In addition to the overall Master of Public Health degree competencies, graduates with a concentration in Global Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance will:
- Describe the disaster cycle.
- Understand the role of the local, state and federal government in the recovery process.
- Discuss the shift from disaster management practices towards an integrated disaster risk reduction approach in the context of sustainable development.
- Understand at least two methods of assessment for specific emergency situations in the field.
- Develop, implement, and monitor adequacy of services provided to affected populations.
- Articulate the historic and evolving role of humanitarian assistance.
- Conduct a critical analysis of early warning systems.
- Apply environmental health principles to establish a safe water supply and to implement sanitary measures.
- Prepare and implement a plan to integrate displaced persons into the local community.
- Know basic leadership skills to overcome challenges in humanitarian assistance;
In addition to meeting the admission requirements for the Master of Public Health degree, applicants should also meet these concentration prerequisites:.
- Public Health course prerequisites: None1
- Suggested/preferred undergraduate majors: science, engineering, management, administration, international, business, public health
- Work experience: None required; however disaster management or humanitarian assistance, especially in a global setting, will be considered when determining the number of credits required for the Field Experience.
- Minimum undergraduate GPA: Upper division 3.0 minimum
- Minimum GRE score: Verbal 450 (new scale:150), Quantitative 550 (new scale:146)
- Other criteria: Two letters of recommendation
1Courses within the concentration need to be taken sequentially and thus require prerequisites within the concentration.
Applicants that completed courses in either the Graduate Certificate in Disaster Management or in Humanitarian Assistance as a former non-degree seeking student may only transfer 12 credits into the MPH program.
College Core Courses
Principles of Health Policy and Management
Environmental and Occupational Health
Social and Behavioral Sciences Applied to Health
Core Total Hours
Required Concentration Courses
Foundations of Humanitarian Assistance
Organizing Emergency Humanitarian Action
From Emergency to Development and Prevention
PHC 6230, 6231
Current Challenges in the Humanitarian Field
PHC 6230, 6231
Overview of US & International Disaster Management
Disaster Preparedness & Planning Concepts
Public Health Emergencies in Large Populations
Concentration Total Hours
Supervised Field Experience
See Note #1
Public Health Capstone Course
All Core completed + 75% of Concentration
Culminating Experience minimum Hours
* CH=Credit Hours; Seq= Term Sequence; Pre-reqs= prerequisite courses unless noted as CR (co-requisite) or CC (Concurrent requisite)
- During 2nd semester meet with advisor and begin planning field experience. See http://health.usf.edu/publichealth/academicaffairs/fe/.
- Any grade below a C (C- to F) is required to be retaken. The grade will be included in the student's GPA.
- The College Reserves All Rights to Repeal And/or Modify.
- Term sequence given as Fall starting term.