Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (DMHA) is an interdisciplinary field that is becoming increasingly important. The president of the World Bank reported that in the past 30 years, more than 2.5 million people have been lost because of natural disasters. While more recently, fewer lives are being lost because of advances in risk reduction, the economic cost associated with disasters continues to grow. The most recent estimates for the cost of natural disasters over the past 30 years is $4 trillion. Due to global warming, the frequency, duration and intensity of extreme weather events will make disaster risk worse in the future. DMHA addresses all phases of the disaster cycle from mitigation to preparedness and response, and finally recovery. Within this cycle issues from social equity, sustainability and urban planning are worked in as problematics in a holistic approach to natural hazards.
This academic course stream is aimed at building disaster risk reduction competence and professionalism in planning students. The courses provide an interdisciplinary perspective on hazards, disasters, and risk reduction . Graduates in the course stream will be prepared to work for local, state, and federal agencies as well as for NGOs and the private sector.
Courses in this stream (select 9 credits):
PLAN 473/PLAN 673 Geographic Information Systems for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance
PLAN 670 Interdisciplinary Seminar in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance
PLAN 671 Disaster Management: Understanding the Nature of Hazards
PLAN 672 Humanitarian Assistance: Principles, Practices and Politics
PLAN 414 Building Community Resilience
PLAN 625 Climate Change, Energy and Food Security in the Asia/Pacific Region
PLAN 628* Urban Environmental Problems
PLAN 661Collaboration Between Sectors
PLAN 721 Homeland Security: Terrorism
PLAN 752 CAPSTONE
*courses listed in more than one stream