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Master of Professional Studies in
Homeland Security - Public Health Preparedness Option

Courses

Courses in Penn State's 33-credit online Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security - Public Health Preparedness option prepares students to plan for and lead effective medical and public health responses to natural and man-made disasters. This option focuses on the medical and public health sectors in an all-hazards environment.

All students are required to complete the HLS Orientation (non-credit) as part of the HLS core curriculum before the end of their first semester. This orientation provides an overview of the HLS program and the field of homeland security.

Required Courses (9 credits)

  • 3
    credits

    Foundation for understanding homeland security history, the development of homeland security policies and organizations, and current management approaches.

  • 3
    credits

    This course will examine the social, political, legal, and ethical issues that arise in the context of homeland security.

  • 3
    credits

    Provides an overview of the domestic and global issues related to homeland security.

Public Health Preparedness Option Prescribed Courses (12 credits)

  • 3
    credits

    Analyzes the history of terrorism and explores the preparation and response to specific terrorist threats, natural disasters, and conventional catastrophes.

    • Prerequisite

      Enrollment in the homeland security degree or homeland security certificate, or permission from the instructor

  • 3
    credits

    A public health perspective on the preparation necessary to develop a coordinated response to a disaster or terrorist emergency.

    • Prerequisite

      PHP 410 or permission of the instructor

  • 3
    credits

    Introduces students to the design of exposure assessment and health effect studies applicable to disasters and terrorism.

    • Prerequisite

      PHP 510 or permission from the instructor

  • 3
    credits

    Examines the complexities involved in the protection of health care delivery systems affected during a natural disaster or terrorist attack, including the impact of disrupted transport systems, computer and Internet security, communications, energy supply, industry, and governmental institutions.

    • Prerequisite

      PHP 510 or permission from the instructor

Electives (select 9 credits)

  • 3
    credits

    This course will explore intentional and unintentional threats to the agriculture food system, history, and current approaches for safeguarding this key infrastructure.

  • 3
    credits

    This course will examine a wide range of animal health topics as it relates to infectious diseases, diagnostic systems, surveillance systems, epidemiology of those diseases, and effective responses in the case of an outbreak either naturally or intentionally caused.

  • 3
    credits

    This seminar provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the multifaceted nature of disaster communication across phases of a disaster.

  • 3
    credits

    The application of cultural geography in the intelligence analysis and synthesis process by identifying prominent threats to civil security.

  • 3
    credits

    Case studies of the causes and consequences of natural disasters; analysis of disaster impact in different economic, cultural, and social conditions.

  • 3
    credits

    Explores psychological impact of disasters and terrorist attacks on victims, families, rescuers, and society and methods of reducing negative effects.

    • Prerequisite

      permission of the program

  • 3
    credits

    This course examines the fundamental elements of crisis, disaster, risk, and emergency management.

  • 3
    credits

    This course provides theoretical and applied foundations of information security and assurance.

  • 3
    credits

    Introduces visual analytic techniques for security informatics and intelligence. Survey technical approaches for data analysis and threats and vulnerability, communicating risk.

    • Prerequisite

      IST 816 or IST 552 or IST 554 or IST 562

  • 3
    credits

    A problem-based, interdisciplinary course in project management skills and techniques needed to manage projects in a modern business environment.

  • 3
    credits

    Creative projects, including nonthesis research, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.

  • 3
    credits

    This course will enable students to study obstacles outside of traditional pharmaceutical interventions that have major influences on the success or failure of public health responses.

  • 3
    credits

    Teaches fundamentals of emergency preparedness exercises (i.e., orientation, tabletop, drill, functional, and full-scale exercises).

  • 3
    credits

    This course covers the principles, methods, and competencies for developing, improving, and evaluating a biorisk management system.

  • 3
    credits

    Evaluation of intervention strategies from a biobehavioral health context; theories of change processes in health.

  • 3
    credits

    Introduction to the application of techniques and interpretation of results that are commonly used to plan, analyze, and report clinical and health services research.

  • 3
    credits

    Students will learn to utilize basic epidemiological methods, i.e., design, calculate, analyze, interpret, report, in the examination of public health problems or programs. Topics include measurements, surveillance, outbreak investigation, bias, and study design.

  • 3
    credits

    Examination of health systems, organization, financing, and evaluation; trends, problems, and issues.

  • 3
    credits

    Investigates the role economic, political, and social factors play in determining patterns of international and domestic terrorism and terrorist activity.

Capstone Experience (3 credits)

  • 3
    credits

    Culminating course; application of your homeland security studies in the form of a graduate-level project relating to public health preparedness.

    • Prerequisite

      Completion of at least 15 credits in the program, including PHP 510 and PHP 527 or permission of the instructor.

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