Emergency and disaster relief administrators prepare and plan for situations of disaster and health crisis, striving to act with as much speed, skill and calm as possible when such events occur. While a Master of Health Sciences program does not typically offer emergency and disaster management options, several other degree options are available to those interested in the field. To apply, students will need a bachelor's degree in a related discipline, satisfactory GRE scores, and submit to an interview.
Master in Health Sciences - Emergency & Disaster Management
Students acquire as much hands-on education as possible, whether through simulated in-class scenarios or internships with emergency relief organizations. The curriculum features such course topics as these:
- Health management
- Public health law
- Health care economics
- Disaster planning and response
- Public health emergencies
- Communication in crisis situations
Popular Career Options
Once they've completed the master's degree program, students can pursue a range of opportunities in management for public health and emergency relief organizations. Potential job titles include these:
- Emergency response trainer
- Social service worker
- Public health consultant
Job Outlook and Salary Info
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), social workers were expected to see a 12% increase in employment from 2014-2024, which is faster than the average for all occupations nationally. As of May 2015, the BLS reported that child, family and school social workers earned an average annual salary of $46,610, while mental health and substance abuse social workers earned an average annual salary of $47,190. For the same time period, the BLS reported that healthcare social workers earned an average annual salary of $54,020.
After completing the master's degree program, students will be able to continue their studies at the doctoral level with degree programs such as the Doctor of Philosophy in Disaster Management, where they'll conduct research to determine the best ways to prepare for and prevent various types of disasters.
Disaster management is a particular focus of health sciences that can be useful in a variety of careers involving public health and social services. Graduates with a Master's degree in this field can pursue different public health careers, or go on to doctoral-level programs in health science.