The Institute for Disease and Disaster Preparedness develops models to prepare for and respond to natural or man-made disasters and disease epidemics, such as bioterrorism or pandemic influenza. Research focuses on public health response logistics, which reviews physical and human infrastructure, transportation resources and communication systems to determine how best to respond quickly and appropriately to any future health crises. Institute research also includes outreach efforts to hospitals, public health officials and information system developers, who might translate pilot projects into decision support tools; and educational efforts geared towards students studying engineering and public health.