December 11, 2020

New Undergraduate Disaster Management, Risk Reduction, and Health Course

This Spring, the UW School of Nursing will be offering a new undergraduate course designed for all pre-health  NURS 215: Disaster Management, Risk Reduction, and Health. Disasters affect the health of individuals and populations locally and globally. As the current COVID 19 pandemic has highlighted, nurses and health care workers are integral to the critical first response and the subsequent care of those most affected as recovery efforts are underway. When disasters occur, the health care physical infrastructure may often badly damaged, but as health care providers, how do you ensure the health of an entire population before, during and after a disaster?

The course will cover:

  • How disasters affect the health of individuals and populations
  • Common health problems associated with disasters and the health care provider’s role during disasters
  • Other topics including: natural hazards, responses to disasters, communicable and non-communicable disease management, water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), nutrition, policy, and personal and community preparedness.

Classes will take place on Mondays/Wednesdays, 4:30 – 6:20 PM and Fridays, 3 – 3:50 PM. 

To register, use SLN 17839 or through this link. 


The Center for Global Health Nursing recognizes the nurse’s critical role to lead disaster response and continues to partner with other disciplines and other countries to build capacity to respond effectively to disasters. Disaster response and emergency preparedness is one of the main research pillars of the Center and we look forward to giving undergraduate students an opportunity to learn about emergency preparedness and disaster response.