Degrees & Programs Offered by
The Institute for Biosecurity
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Master of Science Degrees
Master of Public Health Degrees
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These programs 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.
These programs focus on skills required to be a biosecurity professional, which encompasses the fields of homeland security and consequences management of pandemics. The biosecurity area is one of the most rapidly growing disciplines in public health and homeland security.
Master of Science (MS) in Biosecurity & Disaster Preparedness
There are three Master in Science degree program options, all of which are taught entirely using distance technology through the College for Public Health & Social Justice at Saint Louis University, a fully accredited school of public health. The General area of concentration can be completed in two and a half years if two courses are completed each semester. The MS degrees are targeted to non-traditional working students who wish to take advantage of the distance-learning format. Successful students in these programs are self-directed, motivated adult learners who are critical thinkers and who can work independently in a non-traditional environment. Distance technology permits a student to decide when they will study and how long it will take them to get their degree. Students in the MS program can choose any of the three special interest areas of concentration listed below:
- Management & Response (42 credit hours) is designed for students pursuing careers in all-hazards emergency management, disaster preparedness, or disaster response. Graduates may find employment in local, state or federal emergency management agencies, public health or healthcare organizations or in private industry.
- Infection Prevention (45 credit hours) will focus rigorously on planning, identification, and response & recovery from infectious and/or communicable disease, and the healthcare and public health implications for managing infectious disease outbreaks. Graduates can anticipate working closely with various response agencies to identify and contain such outbreaks within healthcare settings or in a community.
- Medical & Public Health Intelligence (45 credit hours) will train individuals to identify and assess public health threats to individuals, agencies, and nations from terrorists, humans, animals, and the environment. Graduates can anticipate working at the local, state, or federal level with multidisciplinary teams designed to identify and control homeland security threats, such cyber terrorism, natural disasters, pandemics, or suicide bombers.
Master 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
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.
Curriculum Map - PhD Program
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 MS 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). Certificate coursework can be applied towards an MS in BSDP if the student matriculates into the MS program within 2 years of completing the Certificate and assuming that the Certificate courses were not part of a prior graduate degree (such as an MPH).