Social Vulnerability and Disasters

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By the end of this module, you should be able to:

Lesson 1: Background

  1. Define social vulnerability.
  2. Understand the conditions and drivers that influence social vulnerability to hazards and disasters in the United States.
  3. Identify potentially vulnerable groups and recognize the physical, psychological, and social factors that may amplify their vulnerability to hazards and disasters.

Lesson 2: Methodological Approaches

  1. Explain the primary methodological approaches to studying social vulnerability.
  2. Underscore the importance of the ethical conduct of research.

Lesson 3: Knowledge to Action

  1. Recognize how studying potentially vulnerable populations improves hazards and disaster practice and policy.
  2. Understand how research on vulnerable populations can positively improve outcomes for individuals and can enhance community resilience.

Lesson 4: Future Directions 

  1. Recognize future directions for social vulnerability research.
  2. Learn about additional resources that support hazards and disasters research on vulnerable populations.


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 Social Vulnerability and Disasters Training Module.