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Emergency Health

The Emergency Health pathway includes courses in disaster health, catastrophes, and system design.

Concentration Committee: Dr. Richard Bissell (Emergency Health Services), Dr. J. Lee Jenkins (Emergency Health Services), Dr. Lucy Wilson* (Emergency Health Services)
*designated primary advisor

Required Public Policy Core Courses (18 credits required)

  • PUBL 600: Research Methodology
  • PUBL 603: Theory and Practice of Policy Analysis
  • PUBL 604: Statistical Analysis Or an equivalent graduate-level statistics course from an accredited university
  • PUBL 609: Doctoral Research Seminar
Choose two of the following:
  • ECON 605: Benefit-Cost Evaluation
  • ECON 611: Advanced Econometric Analysis I (Fall)
  • ECON 612: Advanced Econometric Analysis II (Spring)
  • EHS 691: Business Development and Strategic Planning
  • EHS 720: Emergency Health Services Quality Assessment
  • PUBL 607: Statistical Applications in Evaluation Research
  • PUBL 608: Applied Multivariate Regression – An Introduction
  • PUBL 611: Casual Inference in Program Evaluation
  • SOCY 619:Qualitative Methods in Social Research

**Other methodological/analytic courses recommended by track advisor(s)


Required Public Policy Disciplinary Foundation Courses (9 credits required)

  • PUBL 601: Political and Social Context of the Policy Process
  • SOCY 606: Social Inequality and Social Policy
Choose one of the following:
  • ECON 600: Policy Consequences of Economic Analysis
  • ECON 601: Microeconomics Analysis

Required Emergency Health Core Courses (9 credits required)

  • EHS 630: Issues Analysis and Proposal Writing
  • EHS 640: Introduction to High-Performance EHS
  • EHS 642: Event-Driven Resource Deployment

Emergency Health Electives (12 credits required)

Choose four of the following:
  • EHS 632: Disaster Health Services
  • EHS 633: Refugee Health Services
  • EHS 639: Catastrophe Preparation and Response
  • EHS 641: EHS Law and Policy
  • EHS 650: EHS System Design and Contracting
  • EHS 691*: Business Development and Strategic Planning
  • EHS 720* :Emergency Health Services Quality Assessment
  • MHS 630**: Essentials of Chronic & Infectious Disease Epidemiology Perspective (**UMB)
  • PUBL 613: Managing Public Organizations
  • PUBL 618: Issues in Healthcare Finance and Service Delivery
  • PUBL 623: Governmental Budgeting
  • SOCY 620: Social Epidemiology

Other elective courses recommended by track advisor(s)

*Can count towards either a Public Policy Elective OR an Emergency Health Elective – not both
**PREV/MHS courses offered at University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB)

Other courses taught at UMBC and sister institutions within the University System of Maryland may be relevant to the Emergency Services Concentrations. Before registering for any such courses, approval from an advisor is required.

Total Required Credits: 48


Doctoral Dissertation Research (18 credits required)

  • PUBL 899: Doctoral Dissertation Research (See “b” Below) 18 (9/semester) 

Other Degree Requirements

a) Examinations (offered twice a year)

1) Comprehensive Exam

2) Field Qualifying Exam

b) Ph.D. Dissertation (PUBL 899, 9 credits per semester)

1) Committee formed

2) Topic Approved (proposal defense)

3) Final Dissertation defense

c) Recommended for degree