Interdisciplinary disaster and emergency research degree
The Ph.D. in Disaster Science & Management program approaches disasters and emergencies from an interdisciplinary point of view. The program emphasizes theories, research methodologies, and policies related to emergency preparedness, mitigation, management, and response.
The program requires 42 credits of graduate-level coursework beyond the master’s degree including:
- 6 credits of quantitative and qualitative methods classes
- 3 credits of seminar (DISA 680)
- 9 credits of dissertation
students complete a Ph.D. Qualifier exam and defend their dissertation proposal.
Students are expected to choose a thematic area such as one of the following:
management, and leadership – focus on management and leadership in all
phases of a disaster. Includes knowledge of institutional structures and
tools to support decision making.
- Built and natural
environment, and society – focus on the interfaces among the three
infrastructures (built, natural and social) with an emphasis on the
opportunities to control, influence, accommodate, and understand changes
and needs during and after catastrophic events.
and resilience – focus on how systems are impacted by and respond to
catastrophic events. Includes how systems can be modified or adapted to
reduce vulnerability and improve resilience.
- Policy and planning – focus on response to disasters including continuity of operations.
and modeling – focus on decision support tools and the modeling of
impacts to support disaster planning, mitigation, response, and
- Health systems leadership: public health disaster
planning and response – focus on the role of health professionals and
systems in planning for and responding to disasters.
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