Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences with a Major in Leadership for Emergency Action and Disaster Response

The BSHS in leadership for emergency action and disaster response (LEADR) is 120-credit hour degree-completion program. This is a military partnership program, and only current or former SOF operators and enablers across the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines are considered for admission. As a closed admission military program established via military partnership, additional coursework above 60 credits may be considered for equivalency to courses in the major at the discretion of the program director. On a case-by-case basis, up to 75 credits may be transferred from traditional and non-traditional learning. 

Upon completion of the bachelor of science in health sciences with a major in leadership for emergency action and disaster response degree program, the graduate will be able prepared in the following areas:

  • Leadership: Compare leadership approaches for implementation and execution of complex projects in diverse, interagency environments;
  • Technology: Analyze methods of technology application in asymmetric conditions;
  • Resources: Appraise resource utilization and management in emergency and disaster settings;
  • AEM/CEM: Analyze four phases of the disaster activity (i.e., mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery) for all risks (i.e., attack, man-made, and natural) and the role of actors and stakeholders in the cycle;
  • Management: Synthesize key agency roles and collaboration throughout critical incident responses; and
  • Communication: Communicate effectively with diverse stakeholders, individually and in group settings, using verbal, written, and electronic modes of communication.

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 120 credits, 60 credits of which may be considered for equivalency to courses in the major; at the discretion of the program director, additional coursework above 60 credits may be considered. On a case-by-case basis, up to 75 credits may be transferred from traditional and non-traditional learning. 

General education: 19 credits
3 credits English Composition
4 credits Natural or Physical Science with lab (Biology recommended)
6 credits Social Sciences
3 credits Humanities
3 credits Statistics
Advanced standing and electives: 41 credits
During the student's first semester of enrollment in the program, advanced standing for eligible military courses and other non-traditional learning will be noted on the student’s record and applied toward the bachelor’s degree.
Courses in the major: 60 credits
EHS 2109Infectious Diseases and Bioterrorism
EHS 2160Disaster Response Planning and Management
EHS 2161Principles of Hazardous Materials and CBRNE Incident Management
EHS 3101Leadership Concepts
EHS 3103Technology in Critical Incident Response
EHS 3105Integrated Response to High Impact Violent Incidents
EHS 3107Financial Management for the Disaster Cycle
EHS 4101Humanitarian Relief Operations
EHS 4103Advanced Topics in Leadership
EHS 4105Operations Management in Asymmetric Conditions
EHS 4160Project Management and Leadership Capstone
HSCI 2105Current Issues in Bioethics
HSCI 2112WWriting in the Health Sciences
HSCI 4102Human Physiology in Extreme Environments
HSCI 4112WResearch and Writing in Health Sciences
Major Electives - 15 credits
EHS 2211Introduction to Telemedicine
EHS 4198Administrative Internship
HSCI 2101Psychosocial Aspects of Health and Illness
HSCI 2102Pathophysiology
HSCI 2103Health Policy and the Health Care System
HSCI 2110Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Concepts
HSCI 2114Health Care in Developing Nations
HSCI 4105Case Studies in Health Care
HSCI 4106Introduction to Epidemiology for Health Sciences