The University of Iowa

Fall 2012 Global Health Studies Program Workshop

November 8-10, 2012

Workshop Description

What can be done to relieve the suffering, cope with mass death and restore economic life after major natural disasters?  

The 2.5 day workshop will employ speakers, films, breakout sessions and simulations to orient students and others to key issues surrounding major disasters and humanitarian relief in the 21st century.  Expert panels will explore the 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean, the 2010 floods in Pakistan, the 2010 earthquake and cholera epidemic in Haiti, and the 2011 tsunami and nuclear plant melt-downs in Japan.  Participants who attend all panels, breakouts and films will become familiar with key disaster concepts, such as vulnerability, agency, resiliency, and victimization, with the natural disaster cycle (preparedness, crisis, relief, rehabilitation, recovery) and with public health disaster preparedness.  Speakers will review promising new approaches to disasters, such as specialized forms of military intervention, the use of geographical information systems (GIS), the continuity of identity when there is mass mortality, the turn to "disaster vulnerability reduction," and the use of social media under crisis conditions.  Finally, the origin, variety and distinctive practices of major national and global relief agencies will be reviewed.

Special Topics

Mass Fatality Management
Use of  Technology During Disaster
Use of Social Media During Disasters
Disaster Preparedness
Nuclear Disaster after Natural Disaster
Military Support in Disaster Response


Student receiving credit for this course will have already registered for 152:125:SGA in MyUI. Overflow students, as well as members of the public, can also register by Nov. 6 by filling out this form. Course fee is $25.

This Global Health Studies course is being offered through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Professor Paul Greenough will be the primary instructor.

This workshop is funded by the Office of the Provost. It is intended to introduce concepts and speakers to orient the campus to the urgency of understanding natural and environmental disasters.