Track II: Preventative Medicine and Epidemiology

(Available via Distance Education or On-Campus)

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Program Description: 

Our Preventive Medicine/Epidemiology track is designed for students who desire to work in the prevention and response to events that may or may not be based on trauma. This may include outbreaks of infectious diseases, mass complex emergencies, such as earthquakes or hurricanes that require a response to diseases as well as injuries in an environment in which access to healthcare has suddenly become limited. Students find that mixing strategies for emergency management and public health gives them a wide range of potential career pathways.

Required Core Courses are offered every year. Most other EHS courses are offered on a rotating 2-year cycle. Please see EHS Graduate Courses for scheduled course offerings.

Core Courses (6 credits required)

EHS 630: Issues Analysis and Proposal Writing (3)

Offered Spring Semesters

EHS 640: Introduction to High-Performance EHS (3)

Offered Fall Semesters

Methods Requirement (6 credits required)

EHS 620: EHS Epidemiology Methods (3)*

Offered Fall Semesters

OR* (students must take either EHS 620 or MHS 630)

MHS 630: Essentials for Chronic and Infectious Disease Epidemiology Perspective (UMB) (3)*

Offered Spring Semesters

MHS 615: Biostatistics for the Health Professional (UMB) (3)

Offered Fall Semesters

NOTE: Equivalent graduate-level courses are available at other USM institutions through inter-institutional enrollment

Electives (18 total credits required)

Non-Thesis Option:
(15 Elective credits, at least one from each group, and 3 Special Studies credits)
Thesis Option:
(12 Elective credits, at least one from each group, and 6 Special Studies credits)

GROUP I Electives: Choose at least one of the following
EHS 632: Disaster Health Services (3)

Offered Fall Semesters; Moving to Spring in 2024

  • CIPP 960: Critical Issues in Global Women’s & Children’s Health (UMB) (3)*
  • MHS 605: Perspectives on Global Health (UMB) (3)*
  • MHS 610: National/Int’l Approaches to Healthcare Delivery (UMB) (3)*
  • MHS 631: Global Non-Communicable (NCD) Epidemiology (UMB) (3)
  • MHS 652: Global Health Leadership and Management (UMB) (3)*
  • PUBL 600: Research Methodology (3)
  • PUBL 604: Statistical Analysis (3)
  • SOCY 620: Social Epidemiology (3)
GROUP II Electives: Choose at least one of the following
EHS 609: Guided Introduction to EMS Research (3)

Instructor Approval Required

EHS 633: Refugee Health Services (3)

Under Revision – Currently Not Offered

EHS 634: Disaster Mitigation (3)

Offered Fall – Even Years

EHS 636: Disaster Response (3)

Offered Spring – Odd Years

EHS 637: Disaster Recovery (3)

Offered Fall – Odd Years

EHS 638: Disaster Preparedness (3)

Offered Spring – Even Years

EHS 639: Catastrophic Preparation and Response (3)

Offered Spring Semesters – Varies; moving to Fall – Even Years starting 2024

EHS 720: Emergency Health Services Quality Management (3)

Offered Spring – Even Years

  • PUBL 601: Political and Social Context of Policy (3)
  • PUBL 603: Theory and Practice of Policy Analysis (3)
  • PUBL 652: Politics of Health (3)
  • SOCY 655: Disability and Rehabilitation (3)
GROUP III Special Studies:  Choose one of the following
EHS 790: Capstone Research Project (topical) (3)

Offered Fall and Spring Semesters

EHS 799: Master’s Thesis Research (6)

Offered Fall and Spring Semesters


Total Required Credits: 30

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For Degree requirements for students enrolled prior to 2016, please contact Renee Decker

*UMB Global Studies certificate courses may be taken through UMBC inter-institutional enrollment, but students wishing to graduate with the certificate separately must apply to the UMB Global Certificate program.  Speak to an advisor for more information.