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Online Graduate Certificate in Global Post-Disaster Studies ...

The Center for Rebuilding

Sustainable Communities

after Disasters

The Center’s primary mission is to work in close

collaboration with practitioners, academics, researchers,

policy makers and grassroots organizations in the USA

and globally in their search for the most appropriate

and sustainable ways to rebuild their communities

after disasters. The Center also engages in innovative

research on various disaster-related topics with

a focus on vulnerable populations—disabled

people, the elderly, children, women, the poor, and

minorities. For additional information, please visit:

www.rebuilding.umb.edu.

The University of

Massachusetts Boston

With a growing reputation for innovative research

addressing complex urban issues, the University of

Massachusetts Boston, metropolitan Boston’s only

public university, offers its diverse student population

both an intimate learning environment and the rich

experience of a great American city. UMass Boston’s

eight colleges and graduate schools serve more than

15,000 students while engaging local, national, and

international constituents through academic programs,

research centers, and public service activities. To learn

more about UMass Boston, visit www.umb.edu.

Additional Information about

the Program

For more information about admissions policies, fees,

details of the curriculum, and biographies of our

distinguished faculty, please visit:

http://uc.umb.edu/certificates/global-post-disaster/.

Contact us

Adenrele Awotona, Director

Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disaster

University of Massachusetts Boston

100 Morrissey Boulevard

Boston, MA 02125-3393 USA

Telephone: +1.617.287.7116

Email: crscad@umb.edu

Online Graduate Certificate

in Global Post-Disaster

Studies–Reconstruction

with Vulnerable Populations

Center for Rebuilding

Sustainable Communities

after Disasters

University College


The program provides

urgently needed

advanced training

in post-disaster

management

and practices.

Courses

The program requires the successful completion of six

courses, three required and three elective, for a total of

18 credit hours.

Required courses

CRSCAD 501: Social Vulnerability to Disasters

CRSCAD 502: Climate Change, Global Food and

Water Resources

The Certificate

The Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after

Disasters (CRSCAD), in collaboration with University

College at the University of Massachusetts Boston, offers

Global Post-Disaster Studies–Reconstruction with

Vulnerable Populations, an 18-credit multidisciplinary

graduate certificate program uniquely designed to prepare

professionals to see beyond immediate post-disaster

conditions. Students will learn to recognize the need for

long-term planning and how to create action plans for

rebuilding safe, productive, and more sound communities,

while specifically meeting the needs of vulnerable populations:

children, women, the elderly, people with disabilities,

and the poor.

The certificate was developed in response to many governmental

and non-governmental agencies as well as other

organizations expressing a strong desire for an academic

program that addresses the question of what to do after

emergency relief leaves the disaster scene.

The Program

Featuring contributions from faculty within several

colleges and departments, the curriculum trains students

to develop long-term strategic thinking and to take a

multidisciplinary approach to the complexities and the

intertwined technical and socio-cultural aspects of

disasters. Long-view considerations include:

w the social contract and its interaction with those most

vulnerable,

w the effects of climate and population on both disaster

and disaster relief,

w migration,

w human dignity,

w human rights,

w sustainable food systems.

The program’s strong political, social, community,

economic, and management dimensions provide

urgently needed advanced training in post-disaster

management and practices to:

w Professionals in disaster relief agencies, government

agencies, nonprofit and for-profit organizations, nongovernmental

organizations, and multilateral agencies,

w Current students and recent graduates from varying

academic backgrounds and professionals from various

industries who are interested in volunteerism or a career

in post-disaster community rebuilding.

w Graduate students who may need individual courses or

the entire certificate to fulfill degree requirements.

CRSCAD 503: Topics in Rebuilding Sustainable

Communities after Disasters

Electives

CRSCAD 521: Human Dignity, Human Rights and

Sustainable Post-Disaster Reconstruction

CRSCAD 522: Migrants and Refugees

Elective courses in development include:

Climate Change: Strategies for Mitigation and

Adaptation

Survival Skills for the 21st Century: Developing

Personal, Organizational and Community

Resilience

Humanistic Approaches to Natural Disaster:

The Law, Literature, and Rhetoric of Disaster

Political Economy of International Migration

These interrelated courses bring a science-based

and human rights perspective to risk reduction,

post-disaster reconstruction, and disaster recovery.

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