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Urban Cooling

How do trees contribute to decrease in urban heat wave deaths?

Evaluating the Los Angeles Initiative to Address Violent Extemism



Community Resilience

What can public health do to promote community resilience?


How can public health work with land management agencies after a wildfire to foster community recovery? CPHD studied household recovery in the five towns surrounding Arizona’s Wallow Fire.

Cellphone Alerts

How do wireless emergency alerts (WEA) evoke emotional, cognitive, behavioral, and physiolgical responses in an indvidual? Why is this important?

Heat Waves

Who is dying from extreme heat events in Los Angeles, in which seasons, and how will this change as the climate warms?

What can public health and city design do to reduce deaths and hospitalizations from heat waves?

Our Mission

The Center for Public Health and Disasters promotes efforts to improve community resilience and to reduce the health impacts of disasters and global climate change.

Established in 1997, the center is based in the Department of Community Health Sciences in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

Center faculty and staff have diverse backgrounds in:

Community Health
Emergency Medicine
Environmental Health
Health and Risk Communications
Health Services Research
Infectious Disease
Internal Medicine
International Health
Social Psychology

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News & Highlights

Posted on December 3, 2017

CPHD is researching the connection between heat deaths, social determinants of heath (homelessness, etc.) and climate change in Phoenix, Arizona. 

Posted on December 3, 2017

With the Department of Homeland Security and NASEM, the CPHD has published a paper on the connection between interpersonal violence and terrorism, and prevention methods for both forms of violence...

Posted on December 3, 2017

In parternship with Long Beach Public Health Department, Orange County Health Department, and San Bernardino Public Health Department, the CDC has funded the Rand Corporation and CPHD's Getting to...