New master’s degree in emergency management and disaster science to meet rising demand for experts

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 13:48

The images from recent hurricanes are hard to view but underscore the growing need for professionals who can help the areas hardest hit recover.

The University of North Texas College of Health and Public Service’s new Master of Science degree in Emergency Management and Disaster Science will help fill this need. The program will equip the next generation of emergency managers with the knowledge and skills needed to manage the growing complexities of all types of hazards and disasters, including natural and man-made. 

“Catastrophic disasters are on the rise, and the demand for knowledgeable emergency managers has never been greater,” said Gary Webb, professor and chair of the Department of Emergency Management and Disaster Science. “The M.S. in emergency management and disaster science prepares students for rewarding careers aimed at making our communities safer and more resilient to future disasters.”

Students receive a comprehensive academic and practical foundation that allows them to launch or advance their careers in emergency management. In addition to courses in theory, methods and statistics, students can choose from a range of electives, including social vulnerability, international disasters and community recovery and resilience.

The UNT emergency management program established the world’s first resident degree in emergency management in 1983.

Graduates of the program work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Environmental Protection Agency and other public sector organizations at the local, state and federal levels; in the private sector specializing in risk management and business continuity planning; and with the American Red Cross and other non-governmental organizations.

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