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Master’s Program


Graduate Program Director: Dr. Richard Bissell
Graduate Program Coordinator: Renee Decker



The UMBC Emergency Health Services graduate study programs encompass the system components listed above. The program is primarily focused on preparing professionals for leadership roles requiring skill in planning, research, development, and organizational operations. The three track curriculum is designed to provide graduate level training and education to health care providers, researchers, educators, policy makers and administrators.


Three tracks are available within the Emergency Health Services Master’s program:

Each track begins with a mandatory core of (4) courses, followed by track specific courses.

The Administration, Planning and Policy track provides all of its courses from within our department through distance education (completely online) or through on-campus/hybrid courses. These courses focus on the skills and knowledge necessary to exercise leadership within the EHS field. Elective courses are available from the departments of Policy Sciences, Sociology, and Nursing, but may not be available online.

The Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology track is designed for those interested in the public health side of emergency health services, including such areas of work as injury prevention, health policy, and disaster and refugee health services.
***PLEASE NOTE: Some in on-campus/hybrid courses are required with this track.

The Education track is designed for clinicians who want to learn modern principles behind education, including curriculum design and validation, instructional system development, and education program management. This track is a cooperative effort with the UMBC Department of Education and includes an ISD Certificate as part of the degree track. Courses are available through distance education (completely online) or through on-campus/hybrid courses.

(Optional Concurrent Enrollment with M.S. Degree)

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


Regular admission criteria for the Graduate School are required for all prospective degree-seeking Emergency Health Services graduate students. You must have an undergraduate grade point average of at least a 3.0. If your grade point average is under 3.2, you will be required to take the Graduate Record Examination. Completion of another post-graduate degree with a GPA of at least 3.0 is an acceptable substitute. Applicants for whom English is not a native language must have a score of at least 550 on the written Test of English as a Foreign Language, or 80 on the internet-based test (iBT) version. Consult the UMBC Graduate School Catalogue for further requirements and deadlines. Those wishing to “test the waters” or to enroll in one or two courses without degree candidacy may register as Non-Degree Students. Consult with a departmental advisor for more information. Applications are available through the graduate school.


Master’s level EHS programs require a minimum of 30 hours of credit which must be completed within five years from the date of initial enrollment. With continuous enrollment each semester, most students complete the degree in about two years. A three year time frame will be typical for many part-time students, although earlier completion is possible.


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. Under optimal conditions, this program can be completed in five (5) years.


EHS Graduate Program Alumni Careers and Positions after Graduation  (PDF-2016Nov)