SLU’s nationally and globally recognized program in biosecurity and disaster preparedness will train you for a wide range of senior leadership roles in the prevention of and response to both natural and manmade disasters. The program can be completed either online or on campus.
SLU is a pioneer in biosecurity and disaster preparedness education, one of the first universities to train students for this field, so your professors are nationally recognized leaders in their areas of expertise.
With a concentration in this area you can help prevent biological terrorism and build effective rapid response capabilities for organizations throughout the public and private sectors. You can work to curb emerging infectious disease outbreaks in crops and livestock that threaten our food supplies.
Or you can develop, implement and assess strategies for governmental agencies, first responders and industry to effectively respond to natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods, and earthquakes.
A bachelor's degree that includes at least 12 credit hours of college-level coursework in biological, chemical and/or physical sciences and at least one college-level math course is preferred.
You can work in federal, state and local health departments, FEMA, Homeland Security,
state and local law enforcement, intelligence agencies, the military, and many more.
There are also a variety of private-sector or nonprofit employers that require emergency
management specialists for situations where emergencies are prone to happen or could
be potentially devastating. Examples of these employers include hospitals and health
systems, large companies, colleges and universities and various community relief organizations
such as the Red Cross.
Students who choose this concentration have held internships at many organizations including Monsanto, St. Louis City Department of Health and the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism. Students have gone on to hold positions as Disaster Medical Assistance Team Member, Crisis Communications Director and Disaster Action Team Leader.