ICDRM Welcome Message

The George Washington University Institute for Crisis, Disaster and Risk Management (ICDRM) is celebrating its 18th anniversary as a Research Institute and 14th anniversary as a leading provider of graduate level education programs in the area of crisis, emergency and risk management. Located within the Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering, the Institute conducts evening classes at the main GWU Foggy Bottom Campus.

Course offerings can lead to one or several of the following:
1) a Master of Science (MS) in Engineering Management with a concentration in Crisis, Emergency and Risk Management;
2) Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security Emergency Preparedness and Response;
3) Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management and Public Health;
4) Professional Degree (Engineer or Applied Scientist); or
5) Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Engineering Management.

Medical and Health Incident Management (MaHIM) System Updated

In 2002, ICDRM professionals produced the Medical and Health Incident Management (MaHIM) System, a model for managing mass casualty and major public health emergencies. This Sloan Foundation-funded model was used by a range of state and local officials in developing their plans for managing these types of incidents. The model has been updated on multiple occasions, and has incorporated the concepts from the National incident Management System (NIMS) in the latest version click here.

Healthcare Emergency Management Competencies, Curriculum and Certification Recommendations

Since 2004, the ICDRM has supported the development of an on-line Emergency Management Academy (EMA) for the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The multiple project deliverables have been designed and implemented to support the VA Medical Centers in preparing to respond to emergencies and disasters, and in maintaining critical healthcare services for those who served in the U.S. Uniformed Services. VHA also stipulated that the products be developed so they are useful to non-VHA healthcare facilities. The total budget for the component projects was approximately $1.2M.

Multiple products have been developed and are available for use by the VHA and other healthcare organizations seeking to improve or expand their emergency management program. Products include:

For additional details, please click here

Updated ICDRM / GWU Emergency Management Glossary of Terms

In June 2010 we updated the ICDRM / GWU Emergency Management Glossary of Terms. This glossary was established for purposes of emergency management and education. It was developed by ICDRM with support from the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Department of Veterans Affairs. To download the updated PDF document click here.

National Academy Report on Humanitarian Relief

The National Academies made their report "Tools and Methods for Estimating Populations at Risk from Natural Disasters and Complex Humanitarian Crises" available to the public. To read the press release and access the report click here.

Standardized Volunteer Management System

The ICDRM developed a Standardized Volunteer Management System which is specifically designed to address the screening, processing and support of volunteers who may be assigned to response and recovery positions across the range of public health and medical tasks required during an incident. A companion electronic Volunteer Management System (e-VMS) enhances the efficiency of operating the VMS.

This project was funded through the generous support of the de Beaumont Foundation.

For additional information and document download click here.

Hurricane Katrina: Recommendations for Reform

Dr. Harrald, Professor and Director of ICDRM Emeritus, was asked by the Senate Homeland Security Government Affairs Committee to submit a written statement on the response to Hurricane Katrina. His recommendations for a reform are now available for download. To download the PDF document click here.

Volunteer Management System

The Arlington County, Virginia Public Health Volunteer Management System (ACPH-VMS) was developed by the George Washington University Institute for Crisis, Disaster, and Risk Management (ICDRM) under contract to the Arlington County Public Health Division of the Department of Human Services and with the generous financial support from the deBeaumont Foundation. For a complete description of the system and to access system documents click here.

Presently, more than 80 students are in the various graduate programs. Opportunities are available for current students to participate in relevant intern programs and many students hold part time or full time jobs in addition to their educational pursuits

Our graduates have found multiple employment opportunities in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. The Washington, DC location and the multiple professional functions hosted by the Institute provide important contacts and networking opportunities.

For questions about Academic and Program Information, please contact Professor Joseph A. Barbera at jbarbera@gwu.edu


Upcoming Events


Events will be listed here upon scheduling