TheBestSchools.org has named the University’s M.S. in Disaster Medicine and Management program the No. 2 online master’s in emergency management degree program in the nation. The organization based the rankings on program quality and range of courses provided, as well as school awards, reputation and other rankings.
The Disaster Medicine and Management program features two learning formats—online and on-campus. Both tracks require an intensive week of working in the field where students participate in disaster drills and refine their knowledge, skills and abilities.
“Requiring real-world experience woven into the curriculum provides opportunities to see theory and practice come together,” said Jean Bail, director of the Disaster Medicine and Management program at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University). “Our capstones also allow students to identify a community or organizational need and create projects to fill these gaps.”
Disaster Medicine and Management student Suraksha Chandrasekhar enrolled at Jefferson to pursue a career in international humanitarian aid.
“This program threw me into the real world, where I got the opportunity to engage in and find solutions to pressing issues within the realm of disasters and humanitarian crisis management,” she said. “Throughout the program, we’re given a platform to develop tools and skillsets required to identify root causes, find innovative solutions and fine-tune our decision-making skills, so that when the time comes, we’re well-equipped to alleviate suffering and minimize damages imposed by disasters and humanitarian emergencies.”