Disaster Relief and Recovery

When disasters strike—whether epidemics of infectious diseases, natural disasters, failures of critical technology systems, terrorism, or civil conflict—society must respond to the needs of individuals, families, and communities whose lives have been severely disrupted. This course focuses on the management of humanitarian relief—shelter, food, medical care, and the restoration of critical public services and basic economic activity—once disaster rescues have been accomplished; and it looks at the dynamics of community recovery in the aftermath of major disasters.

Course syllabus:

  1. Intensive study of cases of actual disasters

  2. Conceptual frameworks about relief and recovery

  3. Examples in the United States and in other countries

  4. Provision and coordination of international aid in disaster settings