Training the next generation
The HATS program aims to help develop the next generation of Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Management specialists. Students interested in HATS have the opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary research and take classes across many different departments as undergraduates and graduates. We also help link students to other resources like including academic literature and external resources.
Student Courses in the HATS Faculty Network
Below is a guide to the types of undergraduate and graduate classes offered related to disaster management and humanitarian assistance at the University of Arizona. This includes classes in Anthropology, Development, Geography, Environment, Natural Resources, Economics, Public Health Administration, Planning, Public Policy, Atmospheric Sciences, and Agriculture. Students are encouraged to routinely check in with course offerings across different disciplines.
* Indicates course with a professor in our faculty network
College of Agriculture & Life Science
The College of Agriculture & Life Science is home to the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, the School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences, the School of Natural Resources and the Environment, and the School of Plant Sciences. Courses related to HATS cover themes around agricultural and resource economics, preparedness, and disaster.
Essential economic concepts and analytical tools for agribusiness managers are developed and applied to current business challenges and opportunities. Emphasis placed on decision tools, budgeting, entrepreneurship, strategy, organization and relationship management. Enrollment Requirements: Major or minor: ABEMBS or EWREBS. Junior or Senior status. ECON 200 or ECON 201A.
The development and exchange of scholarly information, usually in a small group setting. The scope of work shall consist of research by course registrants, with the exchange of the results of such research through discussion, reports, and/or papers.
The goal of this course is to advance students' knowledge of various concepts and methods used in assessing human-impacted resources such as contaminated sites, waste places, and disturbed sites to ensure efficient and effective remediation and restoration programs. Focusing on contaminated sites, the course covers socioeconomic, biophysical, political, and cultural dimensions of the impacted sites as well as the assessment of the sustainability of remedial options. The course is delivered through interactive lectures, discussions, and classroom presentations, and is team taught by faculty with varied expertise. Class Notes: **Course Requisites: ENVS 210 Fundamentals of Environmental Science and Sustainability, or an Introductory Course in Environmental Science, or Instructor Consent.
This course will help you develop a deeper understanding of what will be required to feed, fuel and house 10 billion people by mid-century. We will discuss modern agriculture, biotechnology and breeding developments, population growth, distribution of the human population, peak oil, water dynamics, costs to produce foods, climate change in relation to feeding a growing population and opportunities for food security for the future. You will come to understand the major role that biology plays in our lives and our environment.
Only for students who have not taken RNR 150C1 (Sustainable Earth: Natural Resources and the Environment). See University General Education, Tier One. Life support systems on planet Earth are becoming progressively more challenged by a global population that recently exceeded 7 billion people. With a focus on natural ecosystems, we will explore how society deals with threats to the planetary goods and services on which life depends. Sustainability lies at the intersection of the environment, society and economics. We will explore environmental, societal and economic strategies humans might develop to become effective stewards of our natural resources and achieve a sustainable Earth.
Life support systems on Earth are challenged by a growing global population. We will explore through lectures and discussion, the strategies humans might develop to become effective stewards of our natural resources and achieve a sustainable Earth.
The course aims to provide students with a broad, balanced understanding of fire as a biophysical process. We will explore fire from many perspectives, including physics, ecology, biogeography, management, policy, and economics. The course will strive to make our study of fire interesting and relevant in the contemporary world by examining how such factors as climate change, invasive species, and land use influence how fire interacts with the landscape. We will examine a variety of fire management strategies including fire suppression, prescribed fire, wildland fire use, and landscape restoration ecology. The course will provide a global perspective on fire, with primary emphasis on ecosystems of western North America. Class Notes: **Course Requisites: MCB 181R, ECOL182R. A course in ecology is recommended, but not required.
The Restoration Ecology seminar aims to provide students with a broad, balanced understanding of science and practice in the field of restoration ecology. This class is an introduction to the common issues, problems, strengths, and weaknesses of restoration activities across all regions, biomes, and intensities of management. A special emphasis is given to the application of restoration ecology in addressing emerging challenges in natural resource ecology and management. Class Notes: **Course Requisites: Students enrolling in the course should have completed at least two (2) semesters of ecology and/or natural resources management.
College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture
The College of College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture has related courses related to HATS that include planning and preparedness.
Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
The Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health promotes individuals and communities' health and wellness in the southwest and globally. Courses related to HATS included nutrition, infectious disease, management, prevention, preparedness, and recovery.
The Advance Emergency Medical Services course will cover the basics of EMS systems for University EMS service members and general student body. Course topics will include the history and foundation of EMS, EMS systems, state and regional EMS systems, trauma systems, emergency departments and EMS, medical oversight and accountability, administration/management/operations, system financing, communications, emergency medical dispatch, medical record documentation and EMS information systems, ambulance ground transport, inter-facility and specialty care transfer, air medical transport, EMS for children, rural EMS, disaster response, emergency medical care at mass gatherings, response to terrorist incidents and weapons of mass destruction, operational EMS, EMS and public health, research, EMS educational programs, EMS providers and system roles, occupational health issues, medical-legal concerns in EMS, EMS research, Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) and EMS.
The course is designed to provide the students an understanding of Global Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH). The course will examine the historic background, health impact and global burden of diseases related to WaSH. In addition, the course will examine the impact of WaSH and gender, and look at WaSH technologies and programming, current status and challenges in achieving WaSH for all. Enrollment Requirements: Majors: PHLBS, PHLBS2, GLSBA GLH, GLSBA2 GLH2, GLSBS GLHL, GLSBS2 GLHL2, or GLSBA GLHD. Junior and Senior status.
Examines major health problems of underdeveloped, developed, and emerging nations. Students conduct in-depth analyses of health problems among various populations in multicultural settings, both nationally and internationally. Enrollment Requirements: Majors: PHLBS, PHLBS2, GLSBA GLH, GLSBA2 GLH2, GLSBS GLHL, GLSBS2 GLHL2, or GLSBA GLHD. Junior and Senior status. HPS/CPH 200 and EPID/CPH 309.
This course focuses on nutritional issues of women and children in low and middle income countries. Local and international programs that combat malnutrition will be evaluated in the context of socioeconomic development and current political/economic policies and realities.
Examines major health problems of underdeveloped, developed, and emerging nations. Students conduct in-depth analyses of health problems among various populations in multicultural settings, both nationally and internationally. Class Notes: **Course Requisites: Open only to graduate students.
This course will analyze the etiology and distribution of major tropical infectious disease, and the environmental, economic, and cultural factors that lead to their proliferation. Impact on development and global prevention initiatives will be appraised.
Fundamentals of biochemistry, including proteins, enzymes, carbohydrates and lipids and their metabolic relationships.
College of Science
The college of science is home to the Department of Hydrology and the Department of Environmental Science. HATS-related courses include topics and themes on climate change and hydrological hazards.
An introduction to the science of weather processes and climate, including the genesis of fronts and cyclones, precipitation processes, the wind systems of the world, severe storms, and weather forecasting. Special emphasis will be given to natural phenomena which have strong impacts on human activities including tornadoes, hurricanes, El Nino, global warming, ozone depletion, and air pollution. The fundamental importance of physics, chemistry, and mathematics to atmospheric science will be stressed. Enrollment Requirements: Enrollment not allowed if you have previously taken NATS 101 "Introduction to Weather and Climate" (Topic 8).
Geological catastrophes (earthquakes, meteorite impacts, flooding) are important processes in shaping the Earth. This course will acquaint students with the scientific principles governing these catastrophes. Class Notes: Students registered for this section of Geos 218 must take the three exams IN PERSON. There are 4 opportunities to take each exam, all of which are on the UA campus in Tucson. **Course Requisites: Two courses from Tier One, Natural Sciences (Catalog numbers 170A, 170B, 170C).
College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences includes the School of Anthropology, School of Geography, Development, and Environment, School of Communications, and School of Government and Public Policy. Courses related to HATS look at the interconnection between the social sciences and science with attention toward climate change, journalism, migration, food, and economic recovery, the policy and preparedness, response, and recovery to both natural and humanitarian disasters.
Course introduces students to the orders of meaning and power that influence human living and working conditions, as well as the capacity of human beings to alter those conditions. A combination of lectures, readings, films, class discussions and exercises will familiarize students with approaches to global problems in applied anthropology and the solutions that the discipline has proposed. Class Notes: **Course Requisites: Two courses from Tier One, Individuals and Societies (Catalog Numbers 150A, 150B, 150C).
The role of anthropology in interdisciplinary projects involving economic development and planned change on the national and international levels. Class Notes: **Course Requisites: 3 units of anthropology.
This interdisciplinary course introduces students to a broad range of topics in food studies using a critical social science approach. It focuses on the whole agri-food system from farm to fork to landfill to explore questions related to sustainability and equity. Using different academic lenses, students evaluate the challenges of achieving food security, social justice, and sustainability within a globalized, capitalist system.
Our current food system significantly impacts our environmental and physical health. This course examines overarching concepts related to global, national, and regional food security, the consequences and challenges we face today, and tools to help us better navigate and respond to change to build a healthier and more equitable tomorrow. Students will unpack the complexity of our food system. In this process they will confront topics including values, language, systems of distribution, myths, assumptions, food assistance, and food movements. Students will explore best practices for working in community, improve their written communication, and develop more confidence and ease in oral communication and presentations.
This course introduces students to the study of relationships between people and the environment from a social science perspective, and provides a context for thinking about the social causes and consequences of environmental changes in different parts of the world. It focuses on how and why the human use of the environment has varied over time and space; analyzes different approaches to decision-making about environment issues and examines the relative roles of population growth, energy consumption, technology, culture and institutions in causing and resolving contemporary environmental problems around the world. Enrollment Requirements: Enrollment not allowed if you have previously taken INDV 103 "Environment and Society"
Historical evolution of development theory and current debates in geography of international development. Planned micro to macro-level change over space and time examined related to employment, agriculture, food security, environment, migration and the household.
A lecture course focusing on Europe in the age of bubonic plague (from 1348 to 1720), with emphasis on changes in climate, food supplies, public health, epidemic disease, demography, and economy. The last third of the course will be devoted to the religious and artistic responses to disaster.
This course examines the relationships between human health and the environment from a sociological viewpoint. Using an interdisciplinary sociological perspective, we will explore the increasing number of illnesses linked to environmental contamination and disasters. Since this is a course in the social sciences, only a basic understanding of the biological and chemical nature of environmental pollution will be needed. Our focus will be on the socioeconomic production of environmental health risks and how science and public policy are contested by various stakeholders.