The National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health will be the United States' academic center of excellence leading disaster health education and research. In collaboration with our federal partners, we will facilitate science and education to inform policy, operations, and funding decisions that improve our readiness, save lives and mitigate injuries in disasters.


The Mission of the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health is to improve the United States disaster health readiness through advancements and improvements in education, research, practice, and policy.


NCDMPH is uniquely positioned as a bridge between federal  agencies and academia.  

Homeland Security Presidential Directive 21 established  NCDMPH in 2007 to be an academic center of excellence in  disaster medicine and public health under five federal agency  partners: the  Department of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security,  Department of Transportation, and Department of Veterans  Affairs. NCDMPH is both a federal organization and an academic center located in the Uniformed Services University  of the Health Sciences working with military, nonprofit, private and federal collaborators to advance the mission. 



• Lead and collaborate with strategic partners to  advance disaster medicine and public health  education and research agendas. 

• Serve as a neutral coordinator across federal,  state, tribal, and local governments; non-government  associations and organizations; and academia. 

• Convene experts from diverse backgrounds to  define disaster health issues and recommend  policy solutions. 

• Provide expert consultation to all strategic partners  regarding disaster health education, training  and science.


NCDMPH focuses strategically on:

  • Readiness
  • Education
  • Research
  • Collaboration