Saint Louis University

Master of Public Health in Biosecurity and Disaster Preparedness

Students gain the knowledge needed to develop preparedness programs that address the consequences of bioterrorism and emerging infectious diseases



Dr. Terri Rebmann discusses Biosecurity and Disaster Preparedness at SLU


This concentration allows students to combine traditional classroom work with online courses as part of the concentration curriculum. Students who graduate with this concentration are well-prepared for professional roles in a wide variety of settings, such as public health departments, federal agencies and in private industry, or for pursuing further graduate education.

Joint Concentration Options
Students can combine two concentrations, allowing them to expand their knowledge in both areas. The joint concentration options for Biosecurity and Disaster Preparedness are:

Career Opportunities
SLU graduates are employed all over the nation and internationally in a wide variety of settings and positions. Some of the career paths in biosecurity and disaster preparedness include:

  • Disaster Medical Assistance Team Member
  • Crisis Communications Director 
  • Disaster Action Team Leader

Faculty and Research
Our faculty are internationally recognized as leaders in the field of biosecurity and disaster preparedness. Students have the opportunity to work on projects with faculty members. Our faculty have active research in areas such as:

  • Health Care Infection Prevention
  • Technologies for Improving Responsiveness
  • Countering Biological Weapons Terrorism

MPH Practice Experience

Students in the Master of Public Health (MPH) Program are required to complete a practice experience (internship) with an approved community health organization and preceptor. This 320-hour experience is designed to enhance students' educational experiences and promote professional competence in Biosecurity and Disaster Preparedness.

Internships in this concentration might involve the following activities: planning, developing, implementing and/or evaluating tools and programs to prepare for and respond to natural and terrorist threats. Examples of organizations that have sponsored internships include: Monsanto, St. Louis City Department of Health, and the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism.

Admission Requirements

For the concentration in Biosecurity and Disaster Preparedness, applicants should preferably hold a bachelor's degree that includes at least 12 credit hours of college-level coursework in biological, chemical and/or physical sciences plus at least one college-level math course.

MPH-BSDP Curriculum
Students in joint concentrations will have a curriculum that varies from the one below.

MPH Core Curriculum

  • Behavioral Science and Public Health 

  • Principles of Biostatistics

  • Environmental and Occupational Health

  • Principles of Epidemiology

  • Mission and Practice of Global Public Health

  • Ethical Issues in Public Health 

  • Managerial Aspects of Public Health Practice 

  • Internship/Practice Experience 

  • Special Study for Examinations

Concentration Curriculum

  • Behavioral and Cultural Aspects of Disaster Response

  • Communicable Diseases and Infection Control 

  • Disaster Communications and Media Relations

  • Disaster Management and Risk Analysis

  • Disaster Planning for Infectious Disease Disasters
  • Fundamentals of Disaster Planning

  • Public Health and Disasters

  • Concentration Electives

  • Capstone in Biosecurity and Disaster Planning

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