Curriculum
The master’s program is a joint academic program between Anna Maria College and BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine Program. Dr. Greg Ciottone serves as the program Medical Director and is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School. 
 
The courses are taught live at Anna Maria College, BIDMC Disaster Medicine campus and Harvard Medical School by a combined Master Program faculty.
 
The Master of Science in Health Emergency Management involves coursework coupled with three on-ground, hands-on simulations per year. The three, multi-day simulation exercises will take place over an academic year at or near Anna Maria College's campus in Paxton, located minutes from Worcester.
 
The program curriculum includes 12, eight-week courses delivered over six terms and the degree can be obtained in one year provided students take two courses per term. The program is 42 credits, which includes 12 courses (3 credits each), 3 simulation exercises (totaling 6 credits) and the option for a thesis.
 
Students must achieve a GPA of 3.0 or higher for the program, with a grade no lower than B- in any individual course. This excludes the thesis, which is graded pass/fail.
 
Courses:
 
Simulations
Each simulation is a planned three-day, on-ground experience either on or close to Anna Maria College's campus in Paxton, Massachusetts. 
Simulation 1: Health Readiness Training, Drills and Exercises
Simulation 2: Humanitarian Health Assessment Systems and Risks
Simulation 3: Mass-gathering Disaster Health Incident and Recovery
 
Learning Outcomes
The overall goal of this degree is to use principles of evidence-based health emergency management to provide knowledge that integrates all emergency systems and dynamics needed to develop preventative disaster strategies as well as effective reactive practices.
 
Key outcomes:
Effective Communication
Students will be able to use high level written and verbal communication skills appropriate in health emergency management.
 
Students will be able to effectively coordinate communication efforts during operations which includes interoperability and coordination of cooperating agencies.
 
Leadership, management and decision-making
Students will be able to analyze the social, political, legal, economic, cultural, ecological and behavioral influence to explain the risks of vulnerability.
 
Students will formulate integrative preventative health emergency strategies and disaster plans for response and recovery while participating in rigorous simulations, including planning, prioritizing and deploying appropriate resources.
 
Students will be able to formulate types of coalitions needed to integrate all community components in emergency management.
 
Personal, organizational and professional development
Students will employ their professional-based skills while participating as a valuable member of their community as it relates to health emergency management.
 
Students will relate their existing and new knowledge to communicate effectively as scholars or practitioners.
 
Students will practice managerial and leadership skills aimed at building collaborative working teams and engaged communities that effectively and efficiently use resources that are values-based and inherent in health emergency management.

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