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Message from the Department Chair

WELCOME TO THE DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY HEALTH SERVICES AT UMBC!

Thank you for your interest in the department. I hope you will find our web site useful and informative. If you need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

The Department of Emergency Health Services is part of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and is a regular four-year degree program resulting in a Bachelors of Science degree. Coursework in the department is presented on-campus, utilizing full-time faculty and expert part-time faculty where appropriate. Typical class size is 20 or less providing a student-centered approach to learning. We are proud of our reputation on campus as a student-oriented department. Our faculty has experience both in the clinical and operational aspects of emergency health services and many maintain certification as prehospital providers. Several faculty members are current or past leaders of national EMS organizations.

Founded in 1980 at the request of Dr. R Adams Cowley, a pioneer in the development of the trauma center concept, we are one of the oldest emergency medical baccalaureate programs in the nation. It was Dr. Cowley’s desire to create an “EMS School” to prepare leaders in the then developing field of emergency health services. The department remains true to Dr. Cowley’s vision by having as its mission the development of leaders in the field of emergency health services through education. As part of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, the department provides a unique blend of liberal arts education with the science and clinical education needed by today’s EMS leaders.

Recognizing the need to expand our educational offerings to the graduate level, the department implemented a graduate program leading to the Master of Science degree in 1984. Originally offered on-campus, the program is now offered both on-campus and almost entirely online. The purpose of the graduate program is to prepare professionals for leadership roles requiring skills in planning, development, organizational operations, education, and research. The three-track curriculum is designed to provide advanced training and education to health care providers, researchers, educators, policy makers, and administrators.

In response to the needs of today’s emergency services, the department also offers a five-course Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Emergency Management. This course work helps prepare for certification as an emergency manager.

In addition to our formal degree related educational activities, the department sees as its mission the provision of service to both the broader EMS community and the greater Baltimore and Maryland area. To meet this need, the department provides initial and continuing education services through PACE, our professional and continuing education enterprise. PACE is home to the nationally recognized Critical Care Transport course. To meet the needs of local, state, regional, and federal partners, our Center for Emergency Education and Disaster Research (CEEDR) provides consultation, training, and contract management in a variety of specialized areas.

I hope you will check out the additional information available on this site to learn more about the many exciting educational offerings provided by the department and our outstanding faculty. Again, if you have questions or need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.

J Lee Jenkins, MD, MS, FACEP
Associate Professor and Department Chair