EHS Graduate Courses


EHS 609 – Guided Introduction to EMS Research [2-3] [Instructor Approval Required]
(Depends on the option chosen by student and preceptor.)
This course is designed to provide graduate students with guided hands-on research experience in the methodologically difficult area of emergency medical services and injury epidemiology. Students will work on a publishable study under the guidance of a core EHS graduate faculty member and the faculty at the UMB Medical School’s National Study Center for Trauma and EMS (and its affiliated research sites) after completing core readings on the application of research methods to EMS. Prerequisite: Students must have completed a graduate-level course in statistics or biostatistics.

EHS 620 – EHS Epidemiology Methods [Fall-Odd years] NEW

The goal of this course is to prepare students to understand epidemiologic research concepts and methods in order to apply them to the field of emergency health services. In this course, students will learn about the “tools” (e.g., theories, methods, and concepts) that public health practitioners commonly use to answer epidemiologic questions. Students will apply these tools to critique and design epidemiologic research studies and respond to disasters and disease outbreaks. The format for this course is a combination of independent and interactive education: lectures, reading, and assignments are done individually, and students will participate in interactive discussion groups and seminars.

EHS 630 – Issues Analysis and Proposal Writing [3] [Offered Spring Semesters]
This course provides students with the opportunity to do an in-depth analysis of a current issue of the student’s choice in emergency healthcare and present a project proposal based on this issue. The semester will begin with issues discussion and proceed rapidly into the methods, mechanics, and style considerations required for the construction of a viable/fundable proposal.

EHS 632 – Disaster Health Services [3] [Moving to Spring in 2024]
This course examines health needs and techniques for providing healthcare to populations displaced or affected by disasters or war. The goal of the course is to prepare students to manage disaster health response preparedness and planning and to organize and manage disaster and refugee healthcare provision. The focus is on both domestic and international cases. Recommended: PREV 600 or SOCY 620.

EHS 633 – Refugee Health Services [2] [Under Revision – Currently not offered]
This course builds upon the foundation set in EHS 632, but with a focus on meeting the emergency health needs of refugee populations. The course emphasizes multi-level health needs analysis and long-term health recovery strategies. Prerequisite: EHS 632.

EHS 634 – Disaster Mitigation [3] [Offered Fall-Even Years]
Mitigation is the process by which society limits the negative effects of events it cannot totally prevent. This course provides the theory and legal underpinnings of mitigation as a primary component of emergency management and examines various methodologies for initiating and implementing successful mitigation programs in a rapidly changing world.

EHS 636 – Disaster Response [3] [Offered Spring-Odd Years]
The most visible of the emergency management phases, disaster response is a complicated multi-institutional operation requiring sophisticated planning, logistics, and communications. This course covers the new National Incident Management System, response-related research, and implementation methods.

EHS 637 – Disaster Recovery [3] [Offered Fall-Odd Years]
Federal, state, local and private nonprofit disaster recovery methods and policies are the core of this course, with examples of international disaster recovery dynamics.

EHS 638 – Disaster Preparedness [3] [Offered Spring-Even Years]
As the core of effective and efficient response, preparedness consists of a complicated array of policies, methods, and programs, each with its own political and economic context. This course addresses these issues within the context of the current fears of terrorism and potential mega-events.

EHS 639 – Catastrophe Preparation and Response [3] [Offered Spring-Varies, moving to Fall-Even years starting 2024 (TENTATIVE)]
Catastrophes are defined as a disaster of such magnitude and complexity that the resources of the entire nation are not sufficient to mount an effective response and recovery. As such the assumptions embedded in the plans for disaster response for a given jurisdiction or nation are rendered futile, necessitating a different approach to responding to the needs of the affected population in a scenario of long-term deprivation and inadequate resources. Recent examples of catastrophes are the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the 2004 Indonesian tsunami, and, perhaps, the 2011 Great East Japan earthquake/tsunami/nuclear plant meltdown. This course addresses new ways of planning for events that require more resources than the nation can provide in a timely and effective manner. It requires rethinking the relationship between those affected by the event and the drive to minimize suffering and losses and does so within a multidisciplinary examination of policies, legal structures, financial organization, social cohesion, public health means and methods, different collaboration/logistics modalities, and methods of effectively incorporating outside resources. It also proposes new emphases on local self-reliance

EHS 640 – Introduction to High-Performance EHS [3] [Offered Fall Semesters]
An examination of the methods and models of EHS organizations that achieve the highest cost efficiency while maintaining and improving the quality of services produced. Students will examine the organizational characteristics and structures of high-performance EHS services.

EHS 641 – EHS Law and Policy [3] [Offered Fall-Odd Years]
A survey of the major federal, state, and local regulatory programs that affect EHS systems.

EHS 642 – Event-Driven Resource Deployment [3] [Offered Spring-Odd Years]
A methodological course in which students learn how to determine the demand for service and the best mechanisms to deploy unit-hour production. Students will become familiar with the use of software that facilitates demand analysis and deployment configuration. Recommended Prerequisite: EHS 640

EHS 650 – EHS System Design and Contracting [3] [Offered Spring-Odd Years]
This course views an EHS system design from the purchaser’s perspective. Students will examine community needs for medical transport and mobile healthcare services. Methods for developing sound requests for proposals are covered. Students will develop, review and critique requests for proposals for community-based EHS services.

EHS 652 – Human-Resources Deployment [3] [Offered Spring-Even Years]
A survey course of the policies necessary to ensure that properly prepared and motivated personnel are available to carry out the mission and daily operations of an EHS organization.

EHS 658 – Materials and Fleet Management [3] [Offered Fall-Even Years]
A survey course of the industrial practices of resource/supply management in high-performance EMS systems to maximize efficiency of fleet deployment. The course will examine policies and procedures necessary to ensure that transportation equipment in an EHS organization is capable of meeting the demands of patients for reliable and safe transportation service. The primary focus will be on implementing of quality-based practices such as just-in-time customer-supplier relations to improve productivity and operations efficiency.

EHS 661 – Educational Issues in Emergency Health Services [3] [Offered Spring-Even Years starting Spring 2024 (TENTATIVE)]
Relationships of established theoretical models for EHS education to diverse settings within the instructional framework. Special emphasis is applied to the role of the adult learner in EHS education.

EHS 662 – Educational Program Management [3] [Offered Fall-Even Years starting Fall 2024 (TENTATIVE)]
This course prepares students to serve as an emergency health service’s educational program director. The various functions and responsibilities of the emergency health services educational program director as specified by the Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in the Emergency Medical Services Professions will be presented via case studies. Students will work individually and in small groups to complete tasks and solve problems and issues relevant to the role of program director.

EHS 676 – EHS Management of Reimbursement [3] [Offered Fall-Odd Years]
A methods course where students learn common accounting practices used in high-performance EHS organizations. Emphasis is on management of receivables from both individual and third-party payers.

EHS 691 – Business Development and Strategic Planning [3] [Offered Spring-Even Years]
This course will examine environmental factors affecting the healthcare system and delivery of emergency care. Local, national, and international influences are considered in relation to political and technological advances. Aspects of service reimbursement, medical protocols, administrative response, and quality-care evaluation requirements are considered.

EHS 699 – Independent Study [3] [Instructor Approval Required]
Students complete an individual project in a specific emergency health services area under the supervision of EHS faculty. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.

EHS 700 – Systems Practicum [3] [Instructor Approval Required]
Field experience providing learning through observation and participation in administrative activities. Placements arranged in an existing system to support role development consistent with the student’s career goal, work experience, or setting.

EHS 720 – Emergency Health Services Quality Assessment [3] [Offered Spring-Even Years]
The goal of this course is to provide participants with the knowledge and skills needed to initiate or expand an EHS organization’s quality management operations. The course focuses on the NHTSA Baldridge Award approach to quality improvement.

EHS 790 – Research or Capstone Project [3] [Offered Fall and Spring Semesters]
Development of a carefully researched scholarly project at the advanced-degree level of proficiency.

EHS 799 – Master’s Thesis Research [2-6] [Offered Fall and Spring Semesters]
The thesis provides the student with the best opportunity for extensive guided research that will result in publishable quality work. Note: Six (6) credit hours are required for the M.S. program.

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