Professional development in disaster management with an international focus

Serving the learning needs of disaster/emergency management professionals in the developing world since 1982, the University of Wisconsin-Disaster Management Center (UWDMC) has worked closely with experts recognized for their field experience to develop disaster management training activities with a practical emphasis. The center’s goal is to help improve the emergency management performance of non-governmental organizations, local and national governments, and international organizations, through a comprehensive professional development program in international disaster management.

Distance learning approach

Self-study course modules that address a variety of disaster management topics are available for download in a pdf format. With an emphasis on the international and developing world, we offer courses addressing a wide range of topics, including:

  • Disaster preparedness
  • Disaster risk reduction
  • Refugee emergencies
  • Management, communication, and training
  • Disasters and development

Take individual courses or register for a comprehensive program

You may take individual courses to address a particular need. Or broaden and deepen your knowledge by participating in a diploma program that integrates learning from UWDMC courses, field experiences, and training from other sources. We invite you to explore this website to learn about UWDMC learning opportunities and find the option that meets your needs.

If you are interested in learning about individual courses or are ready to enroll, click the Courses link in the top menubar or use the link below.

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