Real-World Experience Propels Disaster Management and Medicine Program

Disaster management and medicine students participated in a “Stop the Bleed” program to teach how to control massive bleeding.

Students enrolled in the University’s disaster management and medicine program complete a minimum of 100 hours of experiential learning, a defining factor that propelled to name it one of the best online master’s in emergency management programs in the nation.

For example, students have conducted hazard vulnerability assessments at the Wells Fargo Center, participated in a collapsed parking garage simulation, and studied emergency operations at the Delaware Emergency Management Agency.

“This blending of academics and live in-person engagement with organizations and response activities makes a difference,” said Jean Bail, director of the disaster management and medicine program at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University). “This development of skills and networks provides amazing opportunities.”

During her hazmat training, alumna Cristina Pareja M’18 found the decontamination drills especially beneficial, she said. “It helped me to clarify concepts and to understand how emergency management works in real life. It was truly an enriching and knowledge-filled experience.”

Pareja now serves as a case manager at Prevention Point, an organization that works to end overdose deaths in Philadelphia.

Program graduates have landed jobs in the government, hospitals and nonprofit organizations, as well as public health, Bail said.

Student success weighed heavily in’s methodology, along with academic quality and affordability. For the rankings, analyzed every online master’s in emergency management program in the United States and consulted industry experts, hiring managers, current students and alumni.

“Graduates emerge from this program with the skills to create preparedness plans and to respond to both natural and man-made disasters throughout the world,” they wrote of Jefferson.

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