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Erasmus Mundus Master's Degree in Public Health in Disasters

University of Oviedo
Program overview
1 year
Master's degree
Start dates
September 2019 
September 2020 
September 2021 

Program description

Erasmus Mundus Master's Degree in Public Health in Disasters

The aim of the master's programme is to, through knowledge, experience and research, build capacities that will reduce disaster risks and contribute to a better and more targeted public health based relief following disasters.

The EMMPHID programme encompasses a series of capacities that will allow students to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the role of Public Health in disaster situations, including both a broad command of the field and a deeper knowledge of specific areas, together with insight into current research and development work and to demonstrate deeper methodological knowledge related to their chosen study track.

With this, the objetive is to train professionals who can carry out their activity in the field of Public Health in emergency and disaster situations in public or private agencies, agencies and companies working in disaster prevention, response, recovery, rehabilitation and planning, international organizations, ministries or Government offices related to civil defence and emergency, non-governmental organizations, social researchers, etc.

Admission requirements

The EMMPHID programme is aimed at a wide range of professionals who carry out or plan to develop their activity in the field of Public Health in emergency and disaster situation, both from the operational or research scope.

To be eligible for this master programme the applicant must hold a recognized primary degree in areas related to Health, Management and Administration or Social Sciences (a minimum of three years' study at a university and of a minimum of 180 ECTS, or equivalent according to the regulations in the country of origin and to European regulations).

Moreover, applicants must prove a C1 English level (IELTS (minimum score of 6.0 with at least 5.0 point in each section); TOEFL (paper based) at least 575 points with 4.0 in the writing section; TOEFL (IBT) 79 points with at least 17 points in every section). Candidates from English speaking countries must provide an official letter from their University from which they graduated attesting that English is the media of instruction, to be assessed by Academic Committee.

Program content

The EMMPHID is a one year course of 60 ECTS credits. This Master will be taught mainly in English and its structure has three components: (I) The Common Disaster Core Component at Universidad de Oviedo (Oviedo, Spain), which focuses on disaster risk assessment, risk management and risk reduction, the main disaster response systems and the study of disaster types; (II) An Elective Track Component with two possible options for the students: Public health response to disaster at Karolinska Institutet (Stockholm, Sweden) or the Epidemiology and Research at Université Catholique de Louvain (Brussels, Belgium); and (III) the internship and Master's Thesis.


Universidad de Oviedo

  • Introductory course (2 ECTS)
  • Evaluation, Management and Disaster Risk Reduction (7 ECTS)
  • Types of Disasters (3 ECTS)
  • General Disaster Response (8 ECTS)

Karolinska Institutet

  • Public Health Response in Disasters (20 ECTS)

Université catholique de Louvain

  • Advanced Disaster Epidemiology and Research Methods (20 ECTS)


  • Internship (5 ECTS)
  • Master Thesis (15 ECTS)

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University of Oviedo

University of Oviedo

The University of Oviedo is a public institution of higher education and research in the Principality of Asturias. With over 400 years of history, it offers a full range of undergraduate degrees adapted to the European Higher Education Area (EHEA)...

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University of Oviedo

Calle San Francisco 1
33003 Oviedo

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