The course is designed to develop understanding of the most effective methods of measuring the impact of and managing disaster-related consequences of unwanted environmental disruptions for all types of hazards.
Environmental and Hazards Sciences represents one of the four academic pillars that underpin the Disaster Resilience Leaderships Studies academic programs and is one of the four courses required for the Disaster Resilience Leadership Certificate. This pillar focuses on understanding the most effective methods of measuring the impact of and managing disaster-related consequences including all types of hazards for unwanted environmental disruptions. It centers on the role leadership plays in guiding environmental and hazards responses across all phases of the disaster life cycle from preparedness to response to recovery and future risk reduction. The Academy has identified specific competency areas within this academic pillar, including hazard modeling and mitigation, risk management and analysis and environmental justice and a working knowledge of each competency area is expected in students completing this certificate course. Although the competencies taught in the core certificate courses are meant to be applicable across all hazards, the courses will be taught according to a specific case scenario in order to provide context and foster practical application of lessons learned. This iteration of the certificate courses will be taught from a pandemic response perspective in order to stimulate timely discussion and practical application of theory and research.