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Natural Disasters, PUBHLTH 90

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Natural disasters are natural processes that adversely affect humans. By examining these processes students develop a basic understanding of Earth's physical environment. Topics include: tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, severe weather, flooding, climate change, mass extinctions and impacts with space objects.

Key Information

Fall Quarter 2017
Instruction start date: September 28, 2017
Instruction end date: December 8, 2017
Credit: 4 quarter units / 2.67 semester units credit
UC Irvine, Public Health

Course Credit:

Upon successful completion, all online courses offered through cross-enrollment provide UC unit credit. Some courses are approved for GE, major preparation and/or, major credit or can be used as a substitute for a course at your campus.

If "unit credit" is listed by your campus, consult your department, academic adviser or Student Affairs division to inquire about the petition process for more than unit credit for the course.

UC Berkeley:
Unit Credit



UC Davis:
Course Equivalence: UCD GEL 017 Earthquakes and Other Earth Hazards

UC Irvine:
General Education: II – Science and Technology
Course Equivalence: Course Co-Instructed with UCR - GEO 004V

UC Los Angeles:
General Education: Phy Sci GE, no lab

UC Merced:
General Education: SSHA Natural Science GE without lab, if combined (see your adviser)
Units toward degree (see your adviser)

UC Riverside:
General Education: A. California Concentration
Major Preparation: Geoscience Education
Course Equivalence: Co-Instructed with UCR - GEO 004V

UC San Diego:
General Education: TMC 1 course toward lower division disciplinary breadth if noncontiguous to major

UC San Francisco:
Unit Credit

UC Santa Barbara:
Course Equivalence: Likely equivalent to: Earth 20 after petition

UC Santa Cruz:
General Education: SI

Course Video

Course Meeting Requirements

Access to a computer with a stable internet connection (preferably wired), headset, and required course textbook. Online exams also require a computer camera for proctoring.

Course Fees

Students may need to pay for online proctoring during exams ($15-30 per exam).

Additional Course Information

Exam Info

Exams will be offered F2F at home campus (UC, Riverside or UC, Irvine depending on academic term) or online (with proctoring fee). Cross campus and non-UC students may need to pay for online proctoring during exams ($15-30 per exam).

Course Creators

Lisa Grant Ludwig
My research group addresses natural hazards and disasters from a geologic perspective, with emphasis on earthquakes. Earthquakes are a major threat to public health. We focus on defining the potential for large earthquakes, and working collaboratively on developing forecasts, hazard models and effective responses. Results of our work are applied for disaster preparedness planning, structural design, land-use planning, seismic risk assessment and public education about earthquake hazard. My research group addresses natural hazards and disasters from a geologic perspective, with emphasis on earthquakes. Earthquakes are a major threat to public health. We focus on defining the potential for large earthquakes, and working collaboratively on developing forecasts, hazard models and effective responses. Results of our work are applied for disaster preparedness planning, structural ...

My research group addresses natural hazards and disasters from a geologic perspective, with emphasis on earthquakes. Earthquakes are a major threat to public health. We focus on defining the potential for large earthquakes, and working collaboratively on developing forecasts, hazard models and effective responses. Results of our work are applied for disaster preparedness planning, structural design, land-use planning, seismic risk assessment and public education about earthquake hazard.

David Oglesby
David Oglesby received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1999. Oglesby develops computer models of the forces acting on faults that develop into fault ruptures and fault slippage, and the transmission of seismic waves from slipping faults. His modeling predicts the wave propagation and ground motion caused by different faults. He can answer how and why faults slip, causing earthquakes. His recent projects included developing ground motion forecasts for the Rose Canyon Fault in San Diego and computer models of earthquakes on segments of thrust faults. David Oglesby received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1999. Oglesby develops computer models of the forces acting on faults that develop into fault ruptures and fault slippage, and the transmission of seismic waves from slipping faults. His modeling predicts the wave propagation and ground motion caused by different faults. He can answer how and why faults slip, ...

David Oglesby received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1999. Oglesby develops computer models of the forces acting on faults that develop into fault ruptures and fault slippage, and the transmission of seismic waves from slipping faults. His modeling predicts the wave propagation and ground motion caused by different faults. He can answer how and why faults slip, causing earthquakes. His recent projects included developing ground motion forecasts for the Rose Canyon Fault in San Diego and computer models of earthquakes on segments of thrust faults.

Corrie Neighbors
Corrie Neighbors received her PhD from the University of California, Riverside in 2015 and has been teaching at the university level since 2005.  Corrie is an observational seismologist, traveling to tectonically active regions (e.g., U.S., Mexico, Chile, etc.) to install seismic instruments.  Through her research and the research conducted by the greater seismic and engineering community, we may better understand earthquake processes and seismic hazard to mitigate damage from future earthquakes.   Corrie Neighbors received her PhD from the University of California, Riverside in 2015 and has been teaching at the university level since 2005.  Corrie is an observational seismologist, traveling to tectonically active regions (e.g., U.S., Mexico, Chile, etc.) to install seismic instruments.  Through her research and the research conducted by the greater seismic and engineering community, we ...

Corrie Neighbors received her PhD from the University of California, Riverside in 2015 and has been teaching at the university level since 2005.  Corrie is an observational seismologist, traveling to tectonically active regions (e.g., U.S., Mexico, Chile, etc.) to install seismic instruments.  Through her research and the research conducted by the greater seismic and engineering community, we may better understand earthquake processes and seismic hazard to mitigate damage from future earthquakes.  

Instructor of Term

Lisa Grant Ludwig
lgrant@uci.edu

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