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Undergraduate Catalog 2013

Emergency Health Services

Faculty

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Chair

Bruce Walz

Clinical Professor

Jeffrey Mitchell

Clinical Assistant Professor

Crista Lenk

Senior Lecturer

Dwight Polk

Instructor Emeritus

John Ashworth
William Hathaway

Medical Director

Matthew Levy

Clinical Coordinator

Deanna Wiseman

Professor

Richard Bissell
Bruce Walz

Clinical Assistant Instructor

Diane Flint

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:

  • Coordinate and manage emergency health systems
  • Interact effectively with other professionals in the emergency medical services system, as well as with community agencies and the general public
  • Satisfy certification requirements for EMT or Paramedic
  • Conduct or use research
  • 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 graduate's employment opportunities as prehospital providers and managers. The Department of Emergency Health Services also prepares graduates for advancement to graduate and professional studies.

Career and Academic Paths

Federal, state and local efforts in the past three decades have resulted in innovative programs designed to improve the quality and efficiency of emergency health care services. As a result, several career fields have been created. Health professionals are needed at all levels in today's emergency medical services system. Depending on experience and education, EMS health professionals will serve as emergency medical technicians, educators, supervisors, coordinators, planners, consultants, managers and directors. Additionally, EMS activities are relevant to ambulance providers, fire and rescue services, hospitals, industrial health services, military and volunteer EMS organizations. The solid academic basis of the EHS baccalaureate degree also prepares students for advanced studies in the sciences, medicine, public health, hospital administration and other health management programs. There are two separate tracks within the Department of Emergency Health Services; management and paramedic.

Management Track

Admission to the management track is concurrent with the general admission requirements at UMBC. Both freshman and transfer students must submit university application forms to the UMBC Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation.

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 or National Registry EMT 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, and 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, the student's previous emergency care experiences, and an EMT knowledge written examination. 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.

Academic Advising

Successful completion of the EHS program requires thoughtful sequencing and careful attention to the program requirements; therefore, early and continuous advising is necessary. Students will be assigned a permanent EHS faculty advisor upon receipt of application forms. Transfer students should seek pre-transfer advising from the UMBC Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation and the EHS Department. The Department of Emergency Health Services welcomes high school students to contact an advisor for information. All UMBC students are required to complete the General Education Program (GEP). Students must take elective courses in science, humanities, social science, culture, and foreign language to fulfill the GEP. Some GEPs coincide with EHS degree requirements. Students are encouraged to work closely with their EHS faculty advisor in selecting GEP courses that will satisfy their individual interests.

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 (7 credits required)

  • Two science courses, one with a lab [7]

Mathematics Courses (4 credits required)

  • STAT 121 Introduction to Statistics of the Social Sciences [4]
  • OR
  • STAT 350 Statistics with Applications in the Biological Sciences [4]

Social Sciences/Political Science (22 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 (26 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/English (9 credits required)

  • SOCY 351* Medical Sociology [3]
  • POLI 354 Public Management and Personnel Systems [3]
  • ENGL 393 Technical Writing [3]

Emergency Health Services (46 credits required)

  • EHS 301 Planning Emergency Health Systems [3]
  • EHS 202 Clinical Concepts and Practice I [3] (EMT-Basic, Part I)
  • EHS 203 Clinical Concepts and Practice II [3] (EMT-Basic, Part II) or EMT Certification
  • EHS 311 Stress and Burnout: Personal and Professional Issues [3]
  • EHS 320 Disaster Management [3]
  • EHS 350 Supervision and Operations in Emergency Health Service Systems [3]
  • 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 [3]
  • EHS 430* Research Topics in Emergency Health Services [3]
  • EHS 450 Emergency Health Services Practicum [15]

Total Credits: 120

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

Minor In Public Administration

Management track students are encouraged to pursue a minor in Public Administration. The following course work is required for the minor:

  • POLI 250 Public Administration [3]
  • POLI 350 The Policy-Making Process [3]
  • POLI 352 Administrative Law [3]
  • POLI 353 Governmental Budgeting [3]
  • POLI 354 Public Management and Personnel Systems [3]
  • POLI 450 Administrative Problem Handling [3] (or other Poli course between 440-459)

Depending on career options, some majors may wish to complete the Certificate in Public Policy that requires 36 credit hours. Interested students should contact the Department of Pubic Policy for more information.

EHS Paramedic Track Lower-Division Requirements

Science Courses (11 - 12 credits required)

  • BIOL 101 Concepts of Biology [4]
  • OR
  • BIOL 141 Foundations of Biology: Cells, Energy and Organisms [4]
  • OR
  • BIOL 109 Life: Introduction to Modern Biology [3]
  • 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 [3]
  • BIOL 252L Anatomy and Physiology of the Body II Lab [1]

Mathematics Courses [4]

  • STAT 121 Introduction to Statistics [4]
  • OR
  • STAT 350 Statistics with Applications in the Biological Sciences [4]

Social Sciences (7 credits required)

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

Others Required Courses (6 credits required)

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

Electives [18]

  • Select from electives and physical education courses to complete GEP requirements.
EHS Paramedic Track Upper-Division Requirements

Emergency Health Services (25 credits required)

  • EHS 301 Planning EHS Systems [3]
  • EHS 202 Clinical Concepts and Practice I [3]
  • EHS 203 Clinical Concepts and Practice II [3] or EMT Certification
  • 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 400 EHS Theory and Practice [3]
  • EHS 430* Research Topics in EHS [3]

Paramedic Clinical Courses (48 credits required)

  • EHS 470 Emergency Response to Crisis [3]
  • 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 [3]
  • EHS 482 ALS Field and Clinical Experience II [4]
  • EHS 483 ALS Field and Clinical Experience III [6]
  • EHS 484 ALS Field and Clinical Experience IV [6]
  • EHS 491 Senior Paramedic Seminar I [1]
  • EHS 492 Senior Paramedic Seminar II [1]

Total Credits: 120

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

Minor Programs

To earn a minor in EHS, in conjunction with a bachelor of arts or science degree in another discipline, students must complete a minimum of 18 credits, including:

  • EHS 200 Concepts of Emergency Health Services [3]
  • EHS 202 Clinical Concepts and Practice I (EMT-Basic, Part I) [3]
  • EHS 203 Clinical Concepts and Practice II (EMT-Basic, Part II) [3] **MUST take both sections for credit towards minor

Additional upper-division EHS courses, except internships, independent study and courses open exclusively to paramedic track students, may be used to complete the minor program. Students interested in EHS as a minor should consult a department advisor for assistance. No courses taken on a P/F or Audit basis shall count toward the minor. A grade of C or better is required for all minor courses.

Graduate Programs

The Department of Emergency Health Services at UMBC also offers a graduate program leading to a master of science degree. The concept of emergency health services graduate study at UMBC encompasses all EMS system components. The educational program is primarily focused on preparing professionals for leadership roles requiring skills in planning, research and development, and organizational operations. The curriculum offers three separate tracks and is designed to provide graduate-level training and education to health care providers, researchers, educators, policy-makers and administrators. This degree is also a core component of the UMB-UMBC post-residency fellowship in emergency medical services. The three major tracks in the program are: (1) EHS management; (2) preventive medicine and epidemiology and (3) education. Tracks 1 and 3 are offered via distance education and enrolls students from around the world. For track two, the department has designed a graduate program incorporating offerings from several university departments at both UMBC and UMB; this track is set up primarily as an on-campus evening program. The EHS degree sequence is designed to fit the needs of part-time as well as full-time students.

Combined B.S./M.S.

Students in the EHS undergraduate program who meet specific qualifications may opt for a combined B.S./M.S. degree that can, under optimal conditions, be completed in five years total time for both degrees.

Part-Time Option

The management track can be completed on a part-time basis. The paramedic track requires full-time status during the junior and senior years.

Special Opportunities

UMBC's close proximity to and cooperative arrangements with the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) professional schools and the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS) provides students unique opportunities for contacts and experiences. Included in the possibilities are: Maryland's internationally renowned R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, the National Study Center for Trauma/EMS, the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and the John Hopkins Hospital.

Student Organizations

EHS majors, minors and graduate students are encouraged to participate in the Council of Majors.