Coordinator: I. Hubloue, K. Spaepen

Credit units: 3

Study time: 75


1. Learn the features and objectives of emergency medicine and delineate the similarities and differences between emergency medical care in everyday emergencies and in disaster situations.
2. Learn the differences between accidents and disasters and the basic characteristics of disaster medicine, to develop an understanding of the need of education in disaster medicine and to stimulate research in disaster medicine.
3. Assess the gravity of disasters, to evaluate the medical severity of a disaster and to estimate the medical requirements in the disaster preparedness and response phase.
4. Learn to assess the epidemiological impact of disasters, to rapidly evaluate the public health severity and response to a disaster, to rapidly estimate the medical needs of communities affected by a disaster, to institute data collection systems during and following a disaster.
5. Learn basic principles of epidemiology and biostatistics and how to use epidemiological indicators to monitor community health services and to evaluate their impact.


Previous knowledge
The content of the programme units on emergency medicine, public health and epidemiology of the respective master programmes.


Study material
The website of the Master ( provides the students with the core content and “need to read” material. Exercises, executed individually or in group, at the website of the Master or during the live-in course.


Mode of assessment
Test at the end of the lecture and/of the module and final examination via Internet.



  1. Emergency medicine, disaster medicine and public health (K. Spaepen)
  2. Definition of disaster and disaster medicine (I. Hubloue)
  3. Modeling medical disaster management (I. Hubloue)
  4. Disaster epidemiology (L. Fregonese)





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