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Emergency Health Services

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Faculty

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Chair

Bruce Walz

Clinical Professor

Jeffrey Mitchell

Clinical Associate Professor

Kurt Krumperman
Brian Maguire

Clinical Assistant Professor

John Ashworth
Crista Lenk

Senior Lecturer

Dwight Polk

Instructor Emeritus

William Hathaway

Medical Director

Kevin Seaman

Clinical Coordinator

Michael Cooney

Center for Emergency Education and Disaster Research

Andrew Bumbak

Professor

Richard Bissell

Courses in this program are listed under EHS.

Students gain a unique depth of experience in emergency health services through this baccalaureate degree. The program stresses academic and clinical abilities, interpersonal and leadership skills, and the capacity for appropriate judgment. The major objective of the degree program is to prepare students for work in various occupational settings relating to emergency health services systems. Primary emphasis is placed upon developing leadership skills and promoting personal and professional growth.

Graduates are prepared to:

  1. Coordinate and manage emergency health systems
  2. Interact effectively with other professionals in the emergency medical services system, as well as with community agencies and the general public
  3. Satisfy certification requirements for EMT-Basic or EMT-Paramedic
  4. Conduct or use research
  5. Pursue graduate study

The Department of Emergency Health Services offers a unique perspective for the education of future EMS professionals. This is accomplished by providing a broad liberal arts and sciences education, which enhances the graduates employment opportunities as pre-hospital providers and managers. The Department of Emergency Health Services also prepares graduates for advancement to graduate and professional studies.

Paramedic Track

The paramedic is a professional provider of emergency care who must possess the essential attributes that are demanded by the profession, including general academic ability, physical abilities, interpersonal relationship skills, capacity for appropriate judgment and orientation toward human services. Class size is limited. EHS paramedic track majors are required to submit a formal application to the paramedic track by March 31, preceding the first semester that the student is eligible to take paramedic clinical courses. All EHS paramedic track lower-division requirements must be completed with a grade of C or higher prior to taking any paramedic clinical courses. The application will be accompanied by: A copy of the student's Maryland EMT-Basic certification Current CPR (BCLS) certification Acceptable verification of status of physical health and immunizations Verification of active EMS experience, including documentation of at least 100 patient contacts with assessments prior to the first semester of paramedic clinical courses Four recommendations as suggested by the program Official transcripts from all colleges or university programs Documentation of membership in a Maryland fire or EMS agency. Documentation of a criminal background check by an agency recommended or approved by the program. The application package, including academic record, will be reviewed by a selection committee. Final selection of students will be based on a personal interview, the ability to complete any remaining credit hours of EHS paramedic track lower-division requirements prior to the beginning of the first semester of paramedic clinical courses, results of the criminal background check and the student's previous emergency care experiences. Interviews are scheduled in April. Paramedic track students are required to purchase malpractice insurance through the university and clinical uniforms from the department while engaged in clinical and field experience. Students should be aware that some clinical sites require specific vaccinations. Other fees and costs may be associated with participation in clinical and field training. Students are required to provide their own transportation to clinical and field experience sites. Personal health insurance coverage is strongly recommended. The paramedic track is accredited nationally by the Committee on Accreditation of EMS Professions and locally by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems.

Major Programs

The EHS curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree combines courses in the arts and humanities, social sciences, mathematics, sciences and EHS courses.

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the major. P/F grading is not acceptable for departmental required coursework.

EHS Management Track Lower-Division Requirements:

Science Course (6 credits required)

  • BIOL 103 Biological Topics in Modern Society [3]
    OR
  • SCI 100 Water: An Interdisciplinary Study
    OR
  • CHEM 100 The Chemical World [3]

Mathematics Courses (7 credits required)

  • MATH 115 Finite Mathematics [3]
    OR
  • MATH 100 Contemporary Mathematics [3]

  • STAT 121 Introduction to Statistics of the Social Sciences [4]

Social Sciences/Political Science (21 credits required)

  • SOCY 101 Basic Concepts in Sociology [3]
  • PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology [4]
  • POLI 100 American Government [3]
  • POLI 250 Public Administration [3]
  • ECON 101 Principles of Microeconomics [3]
  • ECON 121 Principles of Accounting I [3]
  • ECON 122 Principles of Accounting II [3]

Emergency Health Services (3 credits)

  • EHS 200* Introduction to Emergency Health Services [3]

*Transfer students enroll during first semester at UMBC.

English (3 credits)

  • ENGL 100 Composition [3]

Electives (31 credits) Management track majors are encouraged to complete electives for the minor in Public Administration.

  • EHS Management Track Upper-Division Requirements:
  • Social Sciences/Political Science (9 credits required)
  • SOCY 351* Medical Sociology [3]
  • POLI 354 Public Management and Personnel Systems [3]
  • ECON 467 Health Economics [3]

Emergency Health Services (40 credits required)

  • EHS 300 Emergency Health Services Theory and Practice [3]
  • EHS 301 Planning Emergency Health Systems [3]
  • EHS 302 Clinical Concepts and Practice [4]
  • EHS 351* Financial Management and Budgeting [3]
  • EHS 352* Microcomputer Applications to Health Services [3]
  • EHS 360 Instructional Issues in EHS [3]
  • EHS 400 Emergency Health Services Theory and Practice II [3]
  • EHS 430 Research Topics in Emergency Health Services [3]
  • EHS 450* Emergency Health Services Practicum [3-15]

Total Credits: 120

(Lower and Upper Division)
* Alternate course work may satisfy the requirement.

EHS Paramedic Track Lower-Division Requirements

Mathematics/ Science Courses (21 credits required)

  • BIOL 100 Concepts of Biology [4]
  • BIOL 100L Concepts of Biology Laboratory [2]
  • BIOL 251 Anatomy and Physiology of the Body I [3]
  • BIOL 251L Anatomy and Physiology of the Body I Lab [1]
  • BIOL 252 Anatomy and Physiology of the Body II
  • BIOL 252L Anatomy and Physiology of the Body II Lab [1]

  • MATH 115 Finite Mathematics [3]
    OR
  • MATH 100

Contemporary Mathematics [3]

  • STAT 121 Introduction to Statistics [4]

Social Sciences/ Political Science (10 credits required)

  • PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology [4]
  • PSYC 285 Abnormal Psychology [3]

Others and Electives (19 credits required)

  • EHS 200 Introduction to Emergency Health Services [3]
  • ENGL 100 Composition [3]

Electives [16]

  • Select from EHS electives and physical education to complete GEP.

EHS Paramedic Track Upper-Division Requirements

Emergency Health Services (25 credits required)

  • EHS 300 EHS Theory and Practice [3]
  • EHS 301 Planning EHS Systems [3]
  • EHS 302 Clinical Concepts and Practice [4]
  • EHS 350 Supervision and Operations of Emergency Health Services [3]
  • EHS 351 Financial Management and Budgeting [3]
  • EHS 352* Microcomputer Application to Health Services [3]
  • EHS 360 Instructional Issues in Emergency Health Services [3]
  • EHS 430* Research Topics in EHS [3]

Paramedic Clinical Courses (42 credits required)

  • EHS 471 EMS Systems and Patient Assessment [3]
  • EHS 472 Principles of Pharmacology [3]
  • EHS 473 Essentials of Cardiology [3]
  • EHS 474 Introduction to Medical Emergencies [3]
  • EHS 475 Managing Respiratory and Critically Ill Patients [3]
  • EHS 476 Introduction to Trauma Emergencies [3]
  • EHS 477 Special Populations in EHS [3]
  • EHS 478 Field Operations in EMS [3]
  • EHS 481 ALS Field and Clinical Experience I [4]
  • EHS 482 ALS Field and Clinical Experience II [6]
  • EHS 483 ALS Field and Clinical Experience III [6]
  • EHS 491 Senior Paramedic Seminar I [1]
  • EHS 492 Senior Paramedic Seminar II [1]

Total Credits: 117

(Lower and Upper Division)
*Alternate course work may satisfy the requirement.