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- This lecture provides an introduction to disasters and our understanding of disasters from an epidemiologic perspective. By the end of the lecture,you know more about the health impact of disasters and existing limitations in this regard. You will also learn about several mitigation strategies that are used to reduce the impact of disasters when they strike.

- The author, Thomas Songer, is an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh. He is an active member of the Center for Injury Research and Control at the University of Pittsburgh.