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Urban Cooling

How can adding trees and reflective roofs reduce deaths from heat waves?

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 12, 2019

We are proud to have helped plan this workshop with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. The report can be downloaded here

Posted on April 8, 2019

A UCLA and Center for The Public Health and Disasters Alumnus, Rachel Adams PhD, recently joined the CONVERGE team at the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado, Boulder, as a...

Posted on April 3, 2019

We are very sad to announce that Linda Bourque, a dear colleague, mentor and friend of the public health and disaster community, passed away on March 20, 2019, after a brief illness.  Linda was...