Boston, MA, March 20, 2001 -- A group of over 30 international and American students from the Boston University (BU) School of Public Health spent the day at the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Regional Center and toured the Mobile Emergency Response Support (MERS) facility in Maynard, Massachusetts. The students are enrolled in a certificate program "Managing Disasters and Complex Humanitarian Emergencies" at BU's Center for International Health.
U.S. Public Health Service, American Red Cross, MERS personnel and members of the Region I staff provided students with an overview of the Federal Response plan, Mass Care operations, mitigation and preparedness program. The class is a cross cultural assembly from America, Japan, Spain, Tanzania, Kuwait South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Taiwan, Nigeria and Tibet concerned with world health issues.
Higher Education Project activities in New England have centered around encouraging colleges and universities to add courses in emergency management into their curricula. Several colleges and universities in New England have degree programs from the associates level to the masters level; for example, Anna Maria College has a MS degree program in Emergency Planning and Response, Quincy College has an AS in Emergency Management, Tufts University offers a MA curriculum in Humanitarian. Boston University's and the Harvard School of Public Health, J.F. Kennedy School of Government and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst all offer Complex Humanitarian Emergencies courses.
Region I is working with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and several other colleges and universities, such as, Clark University; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Quinsigamond Community College; and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute to have emergency management included in their institutions.