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MPH with elective coursework in Disaster Management

Program Competencies

At the completion of the MPH with elective coursework in Disaster Management, the student will be able to:

  • Apply public health science, policy, and practice principles to address the health threats resulting from natural and intentional disasters (ENHS 7750, ENHS 6910, ENHS 7910, ENHS 6920)
  • Integrate environmental public health strategies in the development, execution, and evaluation of each core component of disaster management: preparedness, detection, response, containment, and recovery (ENHS 6910, ENHS 6940, ENHS 7910)
  • Implement population-based interventions to protect communities, particularly vulnerable populations, from natural and intentional disasters (ENHS 6930, ENHS 6430, ENHS 6950, ENHS 7950)
  • Evaluate the capacity of public health systems to effectively and efficaciously respond to natural and intentional disasters (ENHS 6930, ENHS 6430, ENHS 6950, ENHS 7950)

Program Requirements

Course and Credit Requirements:

A total of 45 credits required.

School Core Course Requirements

SPHL 6010: Biological Basis of Disease

3 credits

SPHL 6030: Social & Behavioral Aspects of Global Health

3 credits

BIOS 6030: Introductory Biostatistics

3 credits

EPID 6030: Epidemiologic Methods I

3 credits

HSMG 6030: Principles of Health Systems Administration

3 credits

EHNS 6030: Survey of Environmental Health

3 credits

(Subtotal School Core 18 credits)

EHS Departmental MPH Core Requirements


ENHS 6600:  Principles of Toxicology

3 credits

ENHS 7620:  Environmental Health Risk Assessment

3 credits

ENHS 7750:  Environmental Policy

3 credits

ENHS 7000:  Environmental Health Seminar

0 - 1 credit

(Subtotal EHS Core 10 credits)

Specialty Coursework

ENHS 6910: Environmental Aspects of Disaster Response

3 credits

ENHS 6430: Crisis and Emergency Communication

3 credits

ENHS 6930: Populations Issues During Disasters

3 credits

ENHS 6950: Psychosocial Aspects of Disasters

3 credits

ENHS 6920: Environmental Sampling, Monitoring and Analysis in a Disaster

3 credits

(Subtotal Specialty Coursework 15 credits)

Electives - select one (1) from the list below:

ENHS 7910: Environmental Disaster Response Planning and Implementation  

3 credits

ENHS 7950: Psychosocial Interventions in Disaster Management

3 credits

ENHS 6960: Public Health Law

3 credits

ENHS 7100: Community Resiliency in Public Health Disasters

3 credits

ENHS 7930: Special Needs In Disaster Response

3 credits

ENHS 6940: Environmental Aspects of Disaster Recovery

3 credits

(Subtotal Electives 3 credits)


45 credits


Sample Student Schedule:

Download sample student schedule for MPH in Disaster Management, beginning in the: Fall Semester | Spring Semester

Practicum Requirements

The practicum is designed to provide students with practice experience related to their field of study. The practicum is a minimum of 200 hours in an agency or other practice setting under the direction of a preceptor. A practicum report summarizes the field experiences. Download practicum handbook.

Past examples of practicum opportunities in Environmental Health Sciences Include:

  • Chesterfield County Water Utilities in Richmond, VA; Diversity Internship Program for the Utilities
  • Asian Institute of Technology, Padhumthani, Thailand
  • Louisiana Office of Public Health, Section of Environmental Epidemiology and Toxicology, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • New Orleans Health Department, Asthma Program
  • Tulane Environmental Health Sciences (CBRP)
  • Saku Central Hospital, National Institute of Health and Nutrition, Japan
  • Ferrate Treatment Technologies, LLC, Orlando, Florida
  • Sewerage and Water Board, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tulane Institute for Water Resources and Policy
  • US Forest Service, Boise national Incident Management Organization
  • Department of Health and Hospitals, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Vail Salvation Army, Edwards, CO
  • National Environmental Education Foundation, Washington, DC
  • Waldemar S. Nelson & Co., New Orleans, LA
  • Department of Health and Hospitals, Environmental Epidemiology and Toxicology Section, New Orleans, Louisiana

Culminating Experience Requirements

MPH students in Environmental Health Sciences are required to conduct a public health analysis of in fulfillment of the culminating experience.  The analysis can involve investigating a public health problem or proposing ways to conduct an intervention.  upon completion, the student must present the findings during the departmental seminar in the last semester of studies. Download culminating experience handbook


For more information about the MPH in Environmental Health Sciences with specialty coursework in disaster management, please call 504.988.5374.

Distance Learning Option

Mid-career professionals can pursue the MPH or certificate in Disaster Management on-line via distance learning. For more information about the distance learning version, please visit the CAEPH website. 



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