Public Health Implications of Hazards and Disaster Research

What are the public health implications of hazards and disaster research? How can we identify the ways that hazards and disaster research informs public health practice and policy? Researchers often struggle to explain the real-world implications of their studies. By offering original content and case studies that exemplify the relationship between public health and hazards and disaster research, this module is designed to help users identify and explain to others how hazards and disaster research can help improve the health of disaster-affected populations.

Whether your background is in social science, engineering, natural science, or another discipline that focuses on hazards and disasters, your research may have important implications for public health. We invite you to take this module to consider the broader impacts of your work and the ways they can help promote population health and wellbeing.

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After completing the following lessons and associated case studies, you should be able to:

Lesson 1: Public Health and Disasters

  1. Explain how disasters impact population-level health and public health systems. 
  2. Describe the role that the public health workforce has in mitigating, preparing for, responding to, and recovering from disasters. 
  3. Identify opportunities to incorporate public health frameworks and tools into hazards and disaster research.

Lesson 2: Case Studies with Public Health Implications

  1. Critically review hazards and disaster research case studies that have implications for public health systems, practice, and policy.
  2. Recognize how hazards and disaster research can promote health equity.

Lesson 3: Identify Your Own Public Health Implications

  1. Reflect on the public health outcomes and consequences of your work.
  2. Identify specific public health implications for hazards and disaster research. 


At the close of the module, you will have the opportunity to take a 10-question quiz. If you get 8 out of 10 questions correct, you will receive a certificate of completion for the CONVERGE Public Health Implications of Hazards and Disaster Research Training Module.

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