Matthew Garlipp
B.A. '13 - Enabling organizational accountability via performance metrics, evaluation, and strategic planning
 
 
Allison Becker
B.A. '13 and M.A. '15 - Experienced and published media policy researcher.
 
 
Alex Greer
M.S. '12 and Ph.D. '15 - Experience in quick response fieldwork, teaching emergency management.
 
 
Andrew Haines
MPA '03 – An accomplished local government leader and appointed official.
 
 
Angela Gladwell
M.A. ’98 – Instrumental in environmental planning and federal emergency management decision making.
 
 
Elizabeth Burland
M.A. '15 - Studying for a doctoral degree in Sociology and Public Policy at the University of Michigan.
 
 
Chunjing Liu
M.S. '14 – On the front lines of marine disaster mitigation through effective policy planning in China.
 
 
Cimone Philpotts
MPA '13 - Assistantship and Legislative Fellows experiences enrich doctoral student's blossoming career
 
 
Savannah Edwards
MPA '17 - Planning for sustainable and complete communities in Delaware and Maryland.
 
 
Scott Murphy Eisenhart
MPA '17 - Legislative aide credits SPPA experience for helping him excel in the world of politics and policy.
 
 
Taylor Hawk
MPA '17 - Graduate's policy analysis and research aims to improve education funding.
 
 
Gwen Angalet
Ph.D. '00 - Ensuring programmatic and research opportunities for the promotion of children's health.
 
 
Hira Rashid
M.A. '15 – Fulbright scholar now in the Ph.D. program studying global health economics and urbanization.
 
 
Katelyn Andrews (Hosey)
MPA '16 - Research assistant and Legislative Fellow experience help inform grad's career trajectory.
 
 
Hsien-Ho (Ray) Chang
Ph.D. '15 - Utilizing his knowledge of disaster science to educate students on fire and emergency management.
 
 
James B. Goetschius
Ph.D. '14 - Serves in the U.S. Army improving health care facilities in the eastern United States.
 
 
Jenna Ahner
B.A. and MPA '14 - Provides support for legislative and external affairs.
 
 
Jissell Martinez
MPA '10 - Manages fiscal affairs and serves as a liaison for the Dept of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
 
 
John Carney
MPA '86 – Governor of the State of Delaware
 
 
Kelsey Edmond
M.S. '14 - OCL program prepared her for success in the MPA program in pursuit of an interdisciplinary career.
 
 
Kirsten Jones
M.A. '16 - Contributing to policies that strengthen transportation and trade in New York and New Jersey.
 
 
Laura Keeley
Laura Keeley found success working as an Architectural Historian after graduating from the Public Planning and
 
 
Lindsey Interlante
MPA '07 - Advocates for enriched, hands-on learning experiences at higher education institutions.
 
 
Mark D Stevens
MPA '09 – Integral in the leadership and financial management of federal agencies.
 
 
Megan Wakelee
B.S. '11 - Executing leadership in a corporate setting.
 
 
Meredith Rubin
B.A. '11 - Practicing leadership and collaboration in the financial services sector.
 
 
Merritt Burke IV
MPA '98 - Various experiences in town management and community involvement.
 
 
Evan Miller
MPA '17 - Local Government Management Fellowship kickstarts graduate's professional career.
 
 
Natasha R. Nau
MPA '12 - Advocating for efficient resource allocation and streamlined service delivery in local government.
 
 
Emma Odren
MPA '18 - From IPA fellow to research analyst, grad attributes workplace success to grad school experience.
 
 
Paige Gugerty
B.A. '15 - Coordinating electronic connections between healthcare providers and resources.
 
 
Paul Ruiz
B.A. and M.A. '13 - Advocating for alternative fuels and reducing America's dependence on oil.
 
 
Ryan Burke
Ph.D. '15 - Vast experience with military strategy and conducting military research.
 
 
Scott Beale
MPA '07 - Successful nonprofit entrepreneur with experience in diplomacy and national politics.
 
 
Serita Porter
M.A. '15 - Continuing her behavioral health education at the University of Delaware.
 
 
Stephanie Ottino
B.S. '11 - Executing leadership skills in higher education.
 
 
Fratern Masika Tarimo
MPA '09 - Supports nonprofit efforts to help communities in many African countries.
 
 
Thomas Martin
Ph.D. '14 - Directing the M.S. in Health Informatics program in the College of Public Health at Temple Univ.
 
 
Elizabeth Lockman
M.A. '15 - Delaware state senator with roots in advocacy.
 
 
Tom DeWire
MPA '04 - Developing strategies for education systems to improve student achievement.
 
 
Vitaly Lee
MPA '97 - energy industry project development, regulatory and asset management
 
 
Yuliya Brel
M.A. '15 - Continuing her public policy education and assisting with research at the University of Delaware.
 
 
Zack Adinoff
M.S. '13 - Experience in coordinating public safety, logistics, planning, and general disaster continuity.
 
 
Alexandra Tarantino
Alexandra Tarantino is a University of Delaware Alumni who graduated from the Historic Preservation Master's p
 
 
Jeremy Rothwell
M.A. '14, HP Cert '15 - Technical review of all city site-plans, subdivision and building permit applications.
 
 
Courtney Mogavero
B.S. '12 – Translating leadership education into a successful early career path in major tech corporations.
 
 
Janet Sheridan
M.A. '07 - Providing heritage preservation services, and cultural landscape research in southern New Jersey.
 
 
Melanie Ross Levin
B.A. and MPA '05 – Developing education and advocacy campaigns on public policy relating to women's issues.
 
 
Dená Brummer
MPA '05 – Successful private sector business partner drawing upon public sector experiences.
 
 
Eric Anthony Johnson
Ph.D. '03 – Revitalizing a community through the application of theory and practical experience.
 
 
David Rudder
Ph.D. '03 – Practicing effective leadership to academic programs that promote service to the community.
 
 
Erin Kennedy
MPA '06 – Drives health care organizations towards improving quality of patient care and clinical outcomes.
 
 
Tom Friedman
MPA '07 – Manages government relations, strategic & financial plan, and policy analysis for State Health Plan.
 
 
Mike Morton
MPA '86 – Oversees budgetary analysis and legislative information systems for the Delaware General Assembly.
 
 
Jonathan Kirch
MPA '07 – Advocating for public policy that promotes better health for all Americans.
 
 
Albert Shields
MPA '07 – Developing strategies to best communicate Governor Carney's positions on diverse policy issues.
 
 
Kim Gomes
MPA '04 – Strategically lobbying for client interests on a number of policy issues.
 
 
Erika Farris
M.A. '09 – Developing policies to better manage water drainage and promote environmental sustainability.
 
 
Mike Fortner
MPA '02 – Overseeing city planning for housing, land use, economic development, and transportation.
 
 
Emily Gonce
MPA '02 – Leading lobbying efforts to show members of Congress the value of life insurance to constituents.
 
 
Bill Clark
MPA '03 – Supervising a team of consultants to support projects for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
 
 
Barrett Edwards
MPA '06 – Assisting municipalities with legal issues including planning, human resources, and finance.
 
 
Benjamin Attia
MEEP'16 - Research and consulting on market trends in solar photvoltaics markets in Africa and the Middle East
 
 
Anastasia Kuzmina
MPA '02 – Supporting two general managers with product and employee management in 14 countries.
 
 
Wei-Ming Chen
Conducting renewable energy and electricity market researches
 
 
Michelle Kung
PHDUAPP'14 - Promoting innovation and technology through mentoring and investing technology startups
 
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Engage in coursework in career-relevant areas

 

Classes relevant to the interests of Disaster Science & Management M.S. and Ph.D. students can be found in many departments throughout the university, since the program is inherently interdisciplinary. The lists of electives below are to illustrate the range of options, but are by no means comprehensive. Not all classes are offered every year, and other classes may also serve as suitable electives.

For the Ph.D. program, elective courses are organized by thematic areas to provide a focus. The areas are defined as:

  • Organizations, management and leadership focus on management and leadership in all phases of a disaster. Includes knowledge of institutional structures and tools to support decision making.
  • Built and natural environment, and society focus on the interfaces between the three different infrastructures built, natural and social with an emphasis on the opportunities to control, influence, accommodate and understand changes and needs during and after catastrophic events.
  • Vulnerability and resilience focus on how systems are impacted by and respond to catastrophic events. Includes how systems can be modified or adapted to reduce vulnerability and improve resilience.
  • Continuity of operations (policy and planning) focus on response to disasters including policy and planning.
  • Simulation and modeling focus on decision support tools and the modeling of impacts to support disaster planning, mitigation, response and recovery.
  • Health systems leadership: public health disaster planning and response focus on the role of health professionals and systems in planning for and responding to disasters.
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Specialization Course Examples

 

These lists also serve as potential electives for MS students. Students select electives are in consultation with their advisor. All classes are 3 credits unless otherwise specified.

Organizations, management, and leadership specialization

ACCT800 Financial Reporting and Analysis
BUAD800 Strategic Thinking for the Executive Leader
BUAD870 Leadership and Organizational Behavior
BUAD880 Marketing Management
COMM610 Organizational Communication Theory
COMM630 - Interpersonal Communication Theory
COMM670 - Mass Communication Theory
ECON503 Economic Analysis for Business Policy
ECON832 Public Finance
FINC850 Financial Management
SOCI837 Criminology and Systems of Justice
UAPP616 Volunteer Management (1 credit)
UAPP658 Contemporary Issues in Public Administration (1 credit)
UAPP619 Contemporary Issues in Urban Affairs and Planning (1 credit)
UAPP686 State and Local Government: Concepts and Issues
UAPP687 State Government Management and Policy

Built and natural environment, and society specialization

BREG628 Natural Wastewater Treatment Systems
CEIG633 Hazardous Waste Management
CIEG637 Water and Wastewater Quality
CIEG650 Urban Transportation Systems
CIEG654 Urban Transportation Planning
CIEG655 Civil Infrastructure Systems
CIEG667 Resilience Engineering
ENWC610 Medical, Veterinary, and Forensic Entomology
ENWC611 Insect Pest Management
ENWC814 Advanced Ecology
GEOG617 Seminar in Climate Change
GEOG622 Resources, Development and the Environment
GEOG628 Issues in Land Use and Environmental Planning
GEOG649 Environment and Society
GEOL621 Environmental and Applied Geology
MAST601 Introduction to Oceanography
MAST671 Coastal Processes and Management
PLSC603 Soil Physics
PLSC608 Environmental Soil Chemistry
PLSC619 Soil Microbiology
SOCI671 Disasters, Vulnerability & Development
UAPP675 Land Use and Transportation Linkages (1 credit)

Vulnerability and resilience specialization

CIEG667 Resilience Engineering
CHEG622 Chemicals, Risk and the Environment
FREC826 Issues in Domestic and Foreign Rural Development
GEOG617 Seminar in Climate Change
GEOG622 Resources, Development and the Environment
HLPR809 Health Behavior
HLPR823 Human Response to Stress
HLPR610 Health and the Media
MAST692 Environmental Values, Movements and Policy
NURS613 Death Education
POSC838 International Security
SOCI622 Collective Behavior
SOCI661 Racial Stratification
SOCI671 Disasters, Vulnerability & Development
UAPP637 Organizing for Social Justice (1 credit)
UAPP651 Managing Risk and Society

Policy and planning specialization

CIEG654 Urban Transportation Planning
GEOG622 Resources, Development and the Environment
ECON832 Public Finance
HLPR610 Health and the Media
MAST670 United States Ocean and Coastal Policy
MAST672 Applied Policy Analysis (to coastal and ocean issues)
MAST692 Environmental Values, Movements and Policy
POSC624 Energy Policy and Administration
POSC838 Public Policy Analysis
POSC818 Environmental Policy and Administration
SOCI622 Collective Behavior
UAPP602 Introduction to Comprehensive Planning (1 credit)
UAPP603 Introduction to Zoning and Land Use Controls (1 credit)
UAPP617 Contemporary Issues in Environment and Energy Policy (1 credit)
UAPP657 Health Policy

Simulation and modeling specialization

BUAD837 Decision Support and Expert Systems for Business
CISC659 Topics in Communication, Distributed Computing and Networks
FREC/STAT608 Statistical Research Methods
FREC682 Spatial Analysis of Natural Resources
GEOG667 GIS
GEOG671 Advanced GIS
HLPR803 Advanced Health Promotion Programming and Evaluation
SOCI611 Techniques of Demographic Analysis
APEC603 Simulation Modeling and Analysis

Health systems leadership specialization

HSAD637 Health Planning Strategies
HSAD638 Health Services Evaluation
NURS6xx Health Systems Disaster Leadership (proposed new course)
NURSxxx Biological, Chemical, Radiological and Other Source Emergencies: Planning Response and Public Policy Measures (proposed new course)

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