Population Health

February 22, 2019

Spring undergraduate course to highlight disaster research

Image of homes damaged by Hurricane Maria

A home in Puerto Rico with a temporary roof after Hurricane Maria.

The Population Health Initiative is offering a one-credit, credit/no-credit seminar-style course for undergraduate students during spring quarter called, “Disasters: Approaches to Preparation, Response and Recovery.”

Natural and human-made disasters result in enormous human and economic costs, including immediate loss of lives, destruction of infrastructure, food shortages, disease outbreaks and displacement. The appropriate response to these disasters is complex, requiring multi-level, cross-sector coordination and input from a range of disciplines.

This course, GEN ST 297 A (SLN 14645), will offer undergraduate students an overview of the research and service-related activities at the UW that contribute to management of these types of emergencies. The course will meet Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. in Mary Gates Hall. The speakers and topics for the quarter are:

Date Speaker Topic Unit
4/2 Meher Antia
Derek Fulwiler
Course introduction
Overview of disasters
Population Health Initiative
4/9 David Townes Health in complex humanitarian emergencies Emergency Medicine
4/16 Ann Bostrom Risk communication: Strategies for disaster reduction Evans School of Public Policy & Governance
4/23 Shuyi Chen Modeling tropical cyclones and hurricanes Atmospheric Sciences
4/30 Janet Baseman Public health preparedness and response communications Epidemiology
5/7 Megan Finn Information infrastructures in the aftermath of disasters Information School
5/14 Andy Stergachis Stopping global pandemics: The role of pharmacists Pharmacy and Global Health
5/21 Yufei Zou Wildland fire behavior, ecology, and management Environmental and Forest Sciences
5/28 Mark Haselkorn A Virtual Coordination Center for Integrated Management of Major Incidents on the Seattle I-5 Corridor Center for Collaborative Systems for Security, Safety & Regional Resilience (CoSSaR)
6/4 Meher Antia
Derek Fulwiler
In-class quiz

This course is open to all interested faculty, students, staff, alumni and members of the community, although undergraduates who wish to receive course credit must register during the course add period.

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