Master of Science in Safety, Security and Emergency Management Healthcare Safety Concentration

Ensure and Maintain the Safety of Medical Facilities

Healthcare environments face a broad spectrum of safety issues ranging from patient falls and sentinel events to active shooters and dangerous facilities. Assessing, planning, preventing and even investigating accidents is critical to ensuring medical settings are safe for patients, practitioners, families and staff.

Eastern Kentucky University’s online MS in Safety, Security and Emergency Management with a concentration in Healthcare Safety covers well-established best practices specific to the field of healthcare. In addition, you’ll learn to identify and protect against emerging threats.

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Graduate in as few as 2 years.

100% Online

Enjoy the flexibility of 100% online coursework.

International Faculty

Nationally and internationally recognized faculty.

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Professional opportunities with internships and career development.

Learn how to turn your OTI hours into 3 credit hours.

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Rankings and Accreditation

Included in U.S. News & World Report‘s annual listing of top colleges and universities.

Ranked 9th as Top Online College for Occupational Safety Degrees.

What you can learn

Healthcare facilities are not immune from safety threats, and necessary safety protocols and practices are essential to delivering the care patients need. Our online MS in Safety, Security and Emergency Management degree with a concentration in Healthcare Safety prepares you to create and implement safety plans to protect everyone seeking treatment, as well as anyone working in or visiting a healthcare facility.

Our master’s in healthcare safety program connects online learning with the real world.

Choose EKU online and you can:

  • Apply your knowledge in a public, private or nonprofit setting.
  • Qualify for positions like regional risk director, patient safety officer, director of quality, or global safety officer
  • Collaborate with expert faculty in an interactive learning environment

Study with us and you can:

  • Enhance your critical thinking, policy analysis and ethical reasoning skills
  • Sharpen your ability to detect critical threats and hazards
  • Develop your leadership style and aid in decision-making

Additional certificates can be stacked onto your master’s degree with minimal extension of your program.

Eastern Kentucky University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, educational specialist, and doctorate degrees. Degree-granting institutions also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Eastern Kentucky University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (

Online Healthcare Safety Courses

SSE 866 Special Topics in Healthcare Safety 3 Credits

This course, utilizing case studies and readings, will focus on current events, risks and threats to the healthcare delivery system, special safety issues in the news, and emergency management related to the safety of healthcare facilities. This material will be timely and relevant to the work you are engaged in.

SSE 834 Corporate Compliance 3 Credits

The assessment, analysis and development of safety, emergency management, security and environmental compliance programs. This course will address the regulatory requirements and best business practices for each of the compliance areas.

SSE 867 Safety & Security Across the Healthcare Continuum 3 Credits

This course introduces you to the broad healthcare continuum, with the hospital/medical center environment as the central focus. Additional ancillary and specialty services, including the 17 healthcare service types addressed in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) Final Rule (for Emergency Preparedness), each with their unique safety challenges, will be addressed.

SSE 827 Issues in Security Management 3 Credits

Survey of salient issues and concerns confronting security managers. Examines the application and contribution of various management concepts and philosophies to asset protection issues such as information security, personnel protection, threat analysis, technological adaptation and resource allocation.