A Generation of Leaders Dedicated to Changing the World

Chris Russo“Speaking from the heart, I can say that I moved 800+ miles, away from friends and family, to a state where I didn’t know a single soul or the culture just to come to this program. I researched every school that offered both an MPH and a Disaster Management curriculum. The University of Georgia’s Institute for Disaster Management was the best in the country for what I wanted to study. The combination of lectures and hands-on activities was fantastic. The lectures gave us the necessary information needed and the hands-on learning activities gave us context for what was learned in the classroom. Having professors who not only work in academia but also respond during disasters gives this program a large advantage over others, allowing knowledge to be taught from experience. Every member of IDM has taught me something unique during my time here and the mentorship was priceless. This program was the best investment of my life and I am proud to say that I was hired by a state government prior to graduation. I could not recommend IDM enough.”

- Christopher Russo, Masters of Public Health, 2019

Anna Chocallo“During my three years at the Institute for Disaster Management (IDM), I was provided with a unique understanding of the intersection between emergency management and public health. The program afforded me numerous opportunities to learn from subject-matter experts in the field, receive practical training and certifications, discuss relevant case studies, and apply my acquired knowledge in meaningful ways. One of the best parts of IDM was the group of dedicated faculty and staff. The faculty and staff at IDM provided an open environment for learning and asking difficult questions about real-world problems. Each member of the team has a specialized skill set, which promotes a holistic view to the learning experience at IDM. I found this interdisciplinary approach valuable, as it mirrors the workforce of emergency management and public health in practice. My favorite aspect of the graduate degree program was its focus on practical application. Instead of just studying disaster management theory and terminology, we put our education into action. In completing my Master of Public Health in Disaster Management, I felt prepared to enter the workforce and make meaningful changes in public health preparedness and resilience.”

- Anna (Chocallo) Ritchey, Masters of Public Health, 2020


EMAG 2022 Conference Recap

Our team attended the 2022 Emergency Management Summit and Training Sessions hosted by the Emergency Management Association of Georgia. The conference was from April 13 to April 15 in Savannah


Student Spotlight: Hope Grismer

CURO Research Assistantship awarded to IDM Undergraduate  Hope Grismer is an Institute for Disaster Management (IDM) student who is passionate about looking at the complex effects that geographical and sociodemographic


Leveraging social media during a disaster

New framework can help local emergency managers get the word out During a disaster, many people turn to social media seeking information. But communicating during disasters is challenging, especially using an