Natural Hazards Resilience Certificate Program
The Department of City and Regional Planning in partnership with the Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are co-sponsoring a graduate certificate program in the study of Natural Hazards Resilience.
The Department of City and Regional Planning in partnership with the Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are co-sponsoring a graduate certificate program in the study of Natural Hazards Resilience. The 10 credit hour certificate program, which will begin in the Fall of 2015, focuses on the nexus between the threats and impacts of natural hazards and disasters on human settlements, including those exacerbated by climate change, and how individuals, organizations, communities, and larger systems of governance prepare for, respond to, mitigate against, recover from, and adapt to these events.
Emphasis is placed on the concept of disaster resilience, or “the ability to prepare and plan for, absorb, recover from, and more successfully adapt to adverse events” (National Research Council 2012). The curriculum provides students with an academic and practice-based exposure to the science underlying our understanding of natural hazards phenomena and a critical analysis of the policies, programs, and plans in place that are intended to help societies manage the effects of natural hazards and disasters, to include an emphasis on those actions that increase disaster resilience. The certificate program serves enrolled graduate students only and is not available to practicing professionals located outside the university.
1) Provide students with the knowledge and experience needed to actively contribute to the study and/or the practice of natural hazards and disaster resilience. More specifically, the certificate will produce well-trained researchers and practitioners who can help the public, non-profit and private sectors become more resilient in the face of natural hazards and disasters and adapt to the effects of a changing climate.
2) Attract and teach the next generation of natural hazards and disaster management scholars that are more reflective of the general population. In the case of disaster management, for instance, the field is less diverse than the general population, while those who study and engage in the practice of climate change adaptation comprise a relatively new cohort that is in need of additional scholars and policymakers. As such, the certificate program strives to be inclusive, as reflected in participation by underrepresented minorities, women, and a mix of students with academic and practice-based career goals.
3) Coalesce the world class UNCCH faculty to address one of the most pressing issues of the 21st century, namely reducing the negative effects of natural hazards and disasters on human settlements, including those influenced by a changing climate.
4) Develop an “esprit de corps” among students through the establishment of applied group projects in the classroom, engagement in research with participating faculty, formation of a student association, and exposure to leaders in the field through mentoring programs, a certificate program lecture series, workshops and fieldwork.