The emergency health services program stresses academic and clinical abilities, interpersonal and leadership skills, and the capacity for appropriate judgment. The major prepares students for work in various occupational settings relating to emergency health services, such as EMS and fire-based systems, education and regulatory agencies. Primary emphasis is placed upon the development of leadership skills and the promotion of personal and professional growth.
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.
Emergency health services graduates serve as emergency medical technicians, paramedics, educators, supervisors, coordinators, planners, consultants, managers or 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 graduate studies in the EHS, science, medicine, public health, hospital administration and other health management programs.