Fla. University Offers Online Disaster and Emergency Management Program

Fla. University Offers Online Disaster and Emergency Management Program

News Dec 06, 2017

As our society continues to expand, more individuals are exposed to disasters, both natural and man-made. The complexity of these disasters make the job of emergency managers more difficult, but also more important. Nova Southeastern University’s Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-KPCOM) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is committed to training future leaders in the field of emergency management (EM) by providing students with both the theoretical knowledge and applied skills needed to work in a rapidly changing environment.

Ranked as one of the top five EM degree programs in the United States, the Master of Science in Disaster and Emergency Management is offered online and designed for working EMS providers as it provides flexibility for students while complementing their EMS experience. The program offers six concentrations, which allow students to specialize if they choose to do so. The six concentrations offered are criminal justice, cybersecurity, environmental hazards, fire administration, maritime safety and security, and public health.

The program uniquely allows students to personalize their degree to their interests, goals, and career needs. For example, while students have the option to concentrate in one of the six areas, they can also take classes across many or all of them in order to meet their needs. This means they have the flexibility to choose what courses and skills will best help them upon graduating.

Furthermore, the classes incorporate experiences and deliverables for students to not only learn the theory, but to apply it to a project of their choice. Some students hoping to work on a global EM experience will take the Disasters Without Borders course along with Exercise Design—making them particularly suited to design EM exercises internationally, while other program graduates go on to work in both private and public sectors on the local, state, and global levels.

Kelley Davis, Ph.D., who serves as program director, prides herself on being fully accessible to students to guide them through the program and help them realize their potential. Because of her law enforcement experience, she understands the EMS world and its demands. As a result, Davis is dedicated to ensuring the program works with the students to fully prepare them for their careers after graduation. NSU-KPCOM also offers a discount for full-time emergency services, firefighters, and law enforcement personnel.

For more information on the M.S. in Disaster and Emergency Management, please contact Kelley Davis via email at dkelley@nova.edu or at (954) 262-4319. You can also visit the website at http://osteopathic.nova.edu/msdem/.

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