A distance-learning MSc in health incident command at Manchester Metropolitan University (UK) is the first degree-level course specifically for those in the health services who will necessarily during their career find themselves in ultimate charge of decisions that affect how many people live and how many die
Though there is basic training for all emergency services staff in how to deal with the initial stages of a disaster on the ground, the subsequent hours of decision-making in the strategic and tactical management of catastrophes that erupt, by definition, out of nowhere, can make an enormous difference to the scale of the tragedy that ensues.
The course has been designed so academic rigor is informed by students’ personal experience. “We’re looking to tease out the reasoning behind people’s decision-making, both in preparing for a major incident and when one hits,” says Dave Whitmore, tutor on this new program.
See MSc launched in how to take command in a major emergency, by Louise Tickle for The Guardian.