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Degrees & Programs Offered by
The Institute for Biosecurity

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BIOSECURITY AND DISASTER PREPAREDNESS

Degree Abbr. Discipline Online or
Hybrid
Credit Hours
Required
Master of
Public Health
MPH Biosecurity & Disaster Preparedness Online 48
MPH Biosecurity & Disaster Preparedness Hybrid 48
MPH JOINT MPH in Biosecurity & Disaster Preparedness / Epidemiology Hybrid 54
MPH JOINT MPH in Environmental & Occupational Health / Biosecurity & Disaster Preparedness Hybrid 54
 
Doctor of
Public Health
PhD Doctor of Public Health Studies in Biosecurity & Disaster Preparedness Hybrid 72
 
Certificate Cert Biosecurity & Disaster Preparedness Online 15
Professional
Development
-- Biosecurity & Disaster Preparedness Online No academic credit

 

These programs focus on skills required to be a biosecurity professional, which encompasses the fields of homeland security and consequences management of pandemics. They are designed to meet the growing need of public health professionals, physicians, physician assistants, nurses, veterinarians, emergency management professionals, corporate security and health personnel, law enforcement, and related professionals.

Academic Prerequisites: A bachelor's degree in any discipline is required for all of the above programs, except for Professional Development coursework. While minimum GPAs are not specifically required, successful students typically enter the program at least a 2.75 GPA. At least one semester of college- level biology and chemistry and one semester college-level math or high school AP calculus or statistics is expected.


saint louis university College for Public Health & Social Justice institute for biosecurityMaster of Public Health (MPH)
with a concentration in Biosecurity & Disaster Preparedness

This 48 credit hour Master in Public Health program is a hybrid program, with classes provided both on campus and through distance technology. The program trains students to develop preparedness programs to address the consequences of bioterrorism and emerging infectious diseases. The MPH program provides specific competency-based training in such areas as terrorism response capabilities, fundamentals of infectious diseases, emergency response planning and crisis communication. Two semesters (15 credit hours) of residency for full-time students are required, as well as a Practice Experience (which is similar to an internship). The program is provided through the College for Public Health & Social Justice at Saint Louis University, a fully accredited school of public health. Students in the MPH program in Biosecurity & Disaster Preparedness can choose from the following program options to complete the concentration alone, or in combination with the following disciplines:

  • MPH with a concentration in Biosecurity & Disaster Preparedness (48 hours--above)
  • Joint MPH in Environmental & Occupational Health and Biosecurity & Disaster Preparedness (54 hours) This joint concentration degree allows students to combine related disciplines in order to be marketable in both the public and private sector. Program graduates will be uniquely and specifically prepared for management positions combining the skill sets employed by environmental specialists, industrial hygienists, hazardous waste managers, and air quality experts, but with a disaster planning, response, and mitigation focus.
  • Joint MPH in Epidemiology and Biosecurity & Disaster Preparedness (54 hours) Program graduates in this joint concentration will be uniquely and specifically prepared for management positions combining the skill sets employed by epidemiologists and disaster preparedness professionals. It includes the study of disease outbreak investigation and control, and quality and cost effectiveness of care, but with a disaster planning, response, and mitigation focus.

More information on the MPH degree can be found on the Saint Louis University College for Public Health & Social Justice web site MPH page.


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Public Health Studies
with a concentration in Biosecurity & Disaster Preparedness
saint louis university College for Public Health & Social Justice institute for biosecurity
This program provides the knowledge and skills required for biosecurity professionals to work in public health research, education or academic practice, and/or consulting. The program includes on-line courses, but also requires 2-3 years of residency at Saint Louis University. The doctoral program allows students to study and work side-by-side with nationally known educators and researchers who serve as mentors. Recent graduates have taken positions as faculty members, researchers with federal agencies, and professionals within the private health care sector.

More information on the Doctoral program can be found on the Saint Louis University College for Public Health & Social Justice website.


The 15 credit-hour certificate program is offered through the College for Public Health & Social Justice at Saint Louis University, a fully accredited school of public health. The certificate program includes a subset of the courses required for the MPH in Biosecurity & Disaster Preparedness.

Prerequisites: A bachelor's degree in any discipline. Experience in health-related fields is preferred, but is not required. Certificate may be completed concurrently with any MPH degree other than the MPH-BSDP (or a joint degree that includes BSDP).



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