Master of Public Health in Biosecurity and Disaster Preparedness
Sample MPH-BSDP Curriculum (Minimum 48 credit hours)
Students in joint concentrations will have a curriculum that varies from the one below.
MPH Core Curriculum
Concentration Curriculum (Online Courses)
Exceptions to the MPH Core Curriculum: BSDP.575 Epidemiological Methods and Infectious Disease Surveillance may substitute for EPI.500 Principles of Epidemiology.
The minimum total credit-hours required is 48.
Visit our Graduate Admission page for more information on application requirements and deadlines.
Alan Zelicoff, MD, discusses Biosecurity and Disaster Preparedness at SLU
The Master of Public Health in Biosecurity and Disaster Preparedness gives students the knowledge needed to develop preparedness programs that address the consequences of bioterrorism and emerging infectious diseases.
This concentration allows students to combine traditional classroom work with online courses as part of the concentration curriculum. Students who graduate with this concentration are well-prepared for professional roles in a wide variety of settings, such as public health departments, federal agencies and in private industry, or for pursuing further graduate education.
Joint Concentration Options
Students can combine two concentrations, allowing them to expand their knowledge in both areas. The joint concentration options for Biosecurity and Disaster Preparedness are:
- Epidemiology: (Minimum total credit hours required is 54)
- Environmental and Occupational Health: (Minimum total credit hours required is 54)
SLU graduates are employed all over the nation and internationally in a wide variety of settings and positions. Some of the career paths in biosecurity and disaster preparedness include:
- Disaster Medical Assistance Team Member
- Crisis Communications Director
- Disaster Action Team Leader
Faculty and Research
Our faculty are internationally recognized as leaders in the field of biosecurity and disaster preparedness. Students have the opportunity to work on projects with faculty members. Our faculty have active research in areas such as:
- Health Care Infection Prevention
- Technologies for Improving Responsiveness
- Countering Biological Weapons Terrorism
For the concentration in Biosecurity and Disaster Preparedness, applicants should preferably hold a bachelor's degree that includes at least 12 credit hours of college-level coursework in biological, chemical and/or physical sciences plus at least one college-level math course.
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