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Master’s Program


Graduate Program Director: Dr. Lucy Wilson
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 different track curriculums are designed to provide graduate level training and education to health care providers, researchers, educators, policy makers and administrators.


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.

PLEASE NOTE: Acceptance into the  EHS BS/MS program does not guarantee acceptance into the EHS Graduate program. Students must apply to the EHS Master’s program to start the semester after they complete their undergraduate degree. If accepted, up to three (3) graduate courses taken in the BS/MS program will be applied towards the EHS graduate degree.

Download Application: Accelerated BA/MS Application

Approval for Undergraduates to Take Courses for Graduate Credit [DocuSign]

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).



Master’s level EHS programs require a minimum of 30 hours of credit which must be completed within five (5) 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.


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)


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