M.S. - Emergency Health Services
INTRODUCTION TO THE FIELD OF EMERGENCY HEALTH SERVICES
Modern emergency health service systems are complex entities that require the coordination of multiple service organizations in order to be effective. The common goal of this cooperative effort is to reduce death and disability resulting from acute illness and injury. The emergency health care system is the larger health care system's method of reaching out to people experiencing unforeseen medical emergencies, assessing their needs, initiating care, and transporting them to an appropriate facility while continuing care. Emergency health care encompasses agencies ranging from local rescue squads to national and international disaster and refugee health services, and includes mobile (i.e. ambulances) and fixed resources (hospitals). Increasingly, EHS agencies are becoming more involved in activities aimed at the prevention of injuries and sudden illness, and are exploring other public health roles. In order for this work to be effective, a high degree of management capability, combined with targeted research and education are required. Our Master's program is designed to address these needs.
PURPOSES OF A MASTER'S LEVEL PROGRAM
The UMBC Emergency Health Services graduate study programs encompass the system components listed above. The program is primarily focused on preparing professionals for leadership roles requiring skill in planning, research, development, and organizational operations. The three track curriculum is designed to provide graduate level training and education to health care providers, researchers, educators, policy makers and administrators.
AREAS OF STUDY
Three tracks are available to the graduate emergency health services major: a) Administration, planning and policy; b) Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology, and; c) Education. Each track begins with a mandatory core of (4) courses, followed by track specific courses.
The Administration, Planning and Policy track provides all of its courses from within our department, through distance education. These courses focus on the skills and knowledge necessary to exercise leadership within the EHS field. Elective courses are available from the departments of Policy Sciences, Sociology, and Nursing, but are not available online.
The Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology track is designed for those interested in the public health side of emergency health services, including such areas of work as injury prevention, health policy, and disaster and refugee health services.
The Education track is designed for clinicians who want to learn modern principles behind education, including curriculum design and validation, instructional system design, and education program management. This track is a cooperative effort with the UMBC Department of Education.
The Emergency Management graduate certificate in emergency management provides a 4- course (minimum) option for those interested in emergency management. This certificate can be obtained as a stand-alone option, or as part of the MS degree. Under the guidance of the program advisors, combinations of these tracks may be possible.
The EHS baccalaureate program began in 1980. Our goal was to produce the most comprehensively educated individuals capable of performing tasks within the broad scope of the emergency health care field as leaders, managers and providers. Our graduate program, the first in the nation for EHS, began a year later. It remains the largest program of its type available in the United States. Our program is unique in its proximity and interaction with other world-renown emergency medicine resources. We share faculty, resources, and projects with the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (our state EMS agency), the University of Maryland School of Medicine's Department of Emergency Medicine, and its National Study Center for Trauma and EMS. Many students intern in these organizations. Our proximity to Washington D.C. enhances access to national agencies such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the Department of Health and Human Services. Maryland is often looked to as a leader in emergency medical services; our Graduate Program is one of the resources enhancing this reputation.
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