The mission of the Institute of Disaster Management is to reduce casualties and social disruption from weapons of mass destruction (WMD) events and natural disasters through engagement in planning, mitigation, risk analysis, professional training, and the development of response capabilities and infrastructure.

To accomplish this, the Institute for Disaster Management works with state and federal organizations as well as private partners to develop a coordinated research and training program for standardized mass casualty healthcare nationwide, with a focus on medical training, mass casualty planning and response, and information technology applications.

The Institute’s origins begin in 2002 with the creation of the UGA Center for Mass Destruction Defense (CMADD), part of a national network of Public Health Preparedness Centers funded by a five-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Institute became a part of the College of Public Health in 2005 and has since expanded its training opportunities to include not only an Master of Public Health (MPH) degree concentration, but an undergraduate minor and graduate and undergraduate certificates in disaster management.