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Graduate Program


Graduate Program Director: Dr. Lucy Wilson
Graduate Program Coordinator: Renee Decker


Combined Degree Program (B.A./M.S.)

Students in the EHS undergraduate program who meet specific qualifications may opt for a combined BS/MS degree. Application for this program is made during your Junior year of undergraduate study and must be approved by both the Graduate Program Director and the Advisor for your undergraduate degree track. Once approved, you will need to apply to the Graduate School for the EHS Master’s degree track you wish to pursue and will be allowed to start taking graduate level courses during your Senior year. Under optimal conditions, this program can be completed in five (5) years.

Download Application: Accelerated BA/MS Application

Emergency Management Certificate

The Emergency Management Post-Baccalaureate Certificate provides a 5-course (minimum) option for those interested in emergency management, with two recommended courses of optional study available. This certificate can be obtained as a stand-alone option, or as part of the M.S. degree. Under the guidance of the program advisor, combination of the certificate program and the M.S. degree may be possible. Courses are available through distance education (completely online) or through on-campus/hybrid courses.

Master’s of Science (M.S.)

Two tracks are available to the Master’s level emergency health services major:

Each track begins with a mandatory core of (4) courses, followed by track specific courses. All three tracks are available through on-campus/hybrid courses. The Administration, Planning, and Policy track is available via distance education (completely online).  Much of the Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology track can be completed via distance education, however, some on-campus/hybrid courses may be required within this track.

An Education Concentration is available in either EHS track with the completion of 12 credits in an Informational Systems Development Graduate Certificate. The certificate courses will be taken concurrently with the Emergency Health Service degree and the courses will count towards completion of the degree requirements. All of these courses are offered via distance learning (online).

Ph.D in Public Policy with Emergency Health Services Concentrations

This track is for the professional specializing in public health, disaster care and emergency management. There are two pathways: emergency health and emergency management. The emergency health pathway includes courses in disaster health, catastrophes, and system design. The emergency management pathway includes courses in disaster mitigation, catastrophe preparation and response, and strategic planning.


The EHS baccalaureate program began in 1980. Our goal was to produce the most comprehensively educated individuals capable of performing tasks within the broad scope of the emergency health care field as leaders, managers and providers. Our graduate program, the first in the nation for EHS, began a year later. It remains the largest program of its type available in the United States. Our program is unique in its proximity and interaction with other world-renown emergency medicine resources. We share faculty, resources, and projects with the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (our state EMS agency), the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Department of Emergency Medicine, and its National Study Center for Trauma and EMS. Many students intern in these organizations. Our proximity to Washington D.C. enhances access to national agencies such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the Department of Health and Human Services. Maryland is often looked to as a leader in emergency medical services; our Graduate Program is one of the resources enhancing this reputation.



In 2018, the Emergency Health Service Graduate program was ranked as one of the top 10 Best Online Master’s Programs for Emergency Management.



For General Graduate School information and funding option/opportunities, please check out the Graduate School’s website at


EHS Graduate Program Alumni Careers and Positions after Graduation  (PDF-2017Nov)