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Online Master of Public Health in
Global Disaster Management, Humanitarian Relief & Homeland Security

The concentration of disaster management, humanitarian relief and homeland security plays an important role in global health, especially in areas of armed conflict and natural disasters. With the increase in weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear and biological threats from terrorist groups and radical states, the need for formal training and education has increased. Local and international organizations, governments and United Nation agencies are in need of highly trained professionals to manage and direct programs to reduce the global public health threats that continue to plague us. Where and when the next tsunami or earthquake will strike, or how the next terrorist group will respond is unknown. But the logic behind professionally mitigating and preparing for one of these incidences places us in a stronger position to respond. This concentration builds on the existing framework of the College of Public Health core courses, field experience and special project. Combining this framework with the existing disaster management and humanitarian courses will provide graduates with the ability to recognize, assess, implement and evaluate a global or local disaster.

Program Outline

The primary objective of the MPH in Disaster Management, Humanitarian Relief & Homeland Security is to provide an individual with a foundation in public health and the tools to enter the profession of a disaster and humanitarian aid worker at the supervisory level. Upon completing the eight concentration courses the student will have covered most topics related to the disaster cycle with a specific emphasis on the recovery phase within the context of a Humanitarian Complex Emergency. The culminating Capstone course, the Special Project and the Field Experience will assess the student's knowledge base and self-assess their capacity to complete written documents and hands-on experience as a specialist in the public health expertise of disaster management and humanitarian assistance.

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Can I start with a Graduate Certificate?
If you want to first consider one of the certificates you can access the flyers below by going to Disaster Management, Humanitarian Assistance, or Homeland Security. Visit the University of South Florida website at http://www.usf.edu/innovative-education/programs/graduate-certificates/ or contact Dr. Wayne Westhoff (wwesthof@health.usf.edu or 1-813-974-6621).


Employment varies for graduates. Those who are in the military, PHS Corps or are governmental employees generally remain in the current employment but with a strengthened resume to move to a better suited position. Others just starting out will have the formal education but will then need to begin at an entry level supervisory position to gain experience. Currently we have alumni with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the military and PHS Corps, Federal, State and local governments, health care settings, and both National and International Non-governmental Organizations (e.g. Carter Center In Sudan, World Vision in Africa).

Admission Requirements

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If you are an out of state or international student, you may qualify for a reduced tuition rate as part of the Global Disaster Management self-funded program. Please click here for more information.


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Program Cost

All in-state students will pay the approved USF tuition and fees for the 2015-16 academic year (click for details). The College of Public Health has established a special tuition rate for non-Florida residents of $525 per credit hour. All students are required to pay an additional $30 per credit off-campus fee for online COPH courses.


To learn more about the Online MPH in Global Disaster Management, Humanitarian Relief & Homeland Security, please contact an Academic Advisor at (813) 974-6505 or preadmissions@health.usf.edu