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The Center for Refugee and Disaster Relief


About Us

The Center for Refugee and Disaster Response (CRDR), at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, develops and implements emergency systems that meet the needs of underserved, vulnerable populations in crisis.

CRDR is a unique, collaborative academic program conducted jointly by the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.

CRDR partners globally with nongovernmental organizations, international and governmental organizations, as well as other research institutions on field-based research and humanitarian projects.

Vision: To pursue new knowledge and disseminate this learning to save lives and reduce human suffering and other consequences of humanitarian emergencies and disasters.


CRDR enhances humanitarian assistance by providing education and training, research, and response services.

Disaster Preparedness Resaerch EDUCATION and TRAINING
We help train leaders in disaster preparedness and response through a range of degree, certificate and training programs uniquely tailored for students in public health, governmental and nongovernmental organizations. We offer scholarships, fellowships and experience in disaster management and humanitarian assistance.

To learn more visit CRDR Education & Training and Student Field Experience.
Emergency Public Health Research RESEARCH
The Center evaluates and enhances disaster preparedness and response through research and analysis. We conduct evidence-based research to better understand key humanitarian issues and to develop more effective methods for providing assistance. Our goal is to advance the effectiveness of health systems, reconstruction activities, and emergency health care services worldwide.

To access our academic publications visit Publications & Tools.
Pulblic Health Emergencies

We provide technical assistance to international organizations, national nongovernmental organizations and governments. We work with partnering organizations to develop and coordinate responses to disasters as well as to put into place disaster risk reduction systems.

To learn more about CRDR emergency responses and current projects visit Responses & Services
and Project Locations.

Humanitarian Health Care Training

CRDR faculty integrates research methods with relief programs, drawing upon a variety of disciplines, including epidemiology, demography, emergency medicine, health systems management, nutrition, environmental engineering, mental health, and human rights.

To learn more about our faculty visit Our People

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