The Research Program of the Center for Disaster Management and Humanitarian
Assistance (CDMHA) aims to facilitate the discovery and application of
scientific knowledge related to disaster preparedness and mitigation in the
Western Hemisphere. This goal is fostered through information exchange,
sponsorship of symposia and support for investigator-initiated research
projects. Through these activities the center seeks to advance research in
three areas of emphasis: (1) public health aspects of disasters; (2)
social science, disaster mitigation and development; and (3) application of
information technology and decision science to disaster analysis.
On-going research projects of the center cover a broad range of medical,
environmental, sociocultural and engineering topics. These include
infectious disease surveillance, geographic information systems, vulnerable
populations, medical capabilities and infrastructures, construction and
materials, and environmental impact.