Welcome to the EMDM

Course Director’s Welcome Message

Dearest collegues and friends,

As Course Director, on behalf of the EMDM Strategic Management Board and the whole Faculty, I am pleased to welcome you in the EMDM world!

As one of the mostly well-known academic educational program in Disaster Medicine, EMDM brings together people, cultures and ideas from all over the world to improve the knowledge, skills and attitudes of the healthcare professionals to efficiently address and coordinate the medical preparedness and response during disasters and humanitarian crises.

EMDM is designed to equip the students with a solid background in disaster medicine and humanitarian health deepening the knowledge on scientific research. During this program, you will develop the right competencies to contribute to the body of knowledge of disaster medicine and disaster medical management, the ability to conduct independent research and the skills of creative and flexible problem-solver and decision-maker under crisis situations. This worldly perspective and cultural diversities are reflected in all aspects of our teaching and research. Over fifteen years’ activity, across this comprehensive program, renowned Faculty members from 32 countries inspired more than 500 participants, drawn from more than 70 countries, representing all the continents.

EMDM is a flexible learning environment which combines the best of traditional and innovative approaches to disaster education. We aim to provide a high quality learning experience. Traditional learning methods are complemented by case studies, group work and simulations. A variety of assessment methods are used in the program, including formal exams, individual and group assignments, and case studies and problem-solving sessions. These assessments form the basis for your degree and are also an important part of the learning process.

We also have extensive and well-established links with international agencies, scientific societies and research institutes, as well as complementary courses that are directly relevant to disaster medicine and humanitarian health.

You will also join a global network of professionals who share principles, concepts and terminologies in disaster medicine: the EMDM Alumni Association.

I look forward to meeting you in this new and challenging experience.

Best regards,
Francesco Della Corte
EMDM Course Director


The idea of the EMDM was launched during the First Congress of the European Society for Emergency Medicine in April 1998 in San Marino, as a pilot project to be implemented in the framework of a European interuniversity cooperation. The European Centre of Disaster Medicine (CEMEC) and the Eur-OPA project of the Council of Europe decided to support the project.

Consequently, an agreement for the creation of a European Certificate in Disaster Medicine was signed by the Università Cattolica del S. Cuore, the Catholic Universty of Leuven, the University of San Marino, and CEMEC.

Two years later, The Università del Piemonte Orientale and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel decided to raise the Certificate to a level – two Master in Disaster Medicine, based on Italian legislation.

In the following years, the EMDM enlarged its family and signed a convention with several Associate Universities and Institutions: Center for Disaster Medical Sciences at the University of California Irvine (Irvine, US), Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève (Geneva, Switzerland), Katastrofmedicinskt Centrum (Linköping, Sweden), Hacettepe University (Ankara, Turkey), School of Nursing & Human Sciences at Dublin City University (Dublin, Ireland).



The Course Director
Prof. Francesco Della Corte, nominated by a Rector Decree.

The Faculty is nominated by the Faculty of the Medical Schools of the both Organizing Universities based on a proposal of the Strategic Management Board. They can be members of the both Medical Schools of the Organizing Universities, members of the Associate Universities and Institutions, or qualified professionals in disaster medicine, disaster management and humanitarian health. The same will be valid for tutors.


Course Director
  • Francesco Della Corte, CRIMEDIM, Novara, Italy
Deputy Course Director
  • Luca Ragazzoni, CRIMEDIM, Novara, Italy
  • Ives Hubloue, ReGEDiM, Brussels, Belgium
Deputy Chair
  • Michel Debacker, ReGEDiM, Brussels, Belgium


Thesis Coordinator
  • Joost Bierens, ReGEDiM, Brussels, Belgium
Education Coordinator
  • Moran Bodas, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel
User Experience Coordinator
  • Jeffrey Franc, University of Alberta, Canada
Quality Assurance Coordinator
  • Ahmadreza Djalali, CRIMEDIM, Novara, Italy
Tutors and Alumni Coordinator
  • Irene Pereira, ReGEDiM, Brussels, Belgium
Administrative Secretary
  • Monica Linty, CRIMEDIM, Novara, Italy
E-learning and Design Coordinator
  • Daniela Martini, CRIMEDIM, Novara, Italy



The EMDM learning environment:
Davide Colombo
Introduction to Disaster Medicine:
Ives Hubloue, Kris Spaepen
Research in Disaster Medicine:
Jeffrey Franc, Samuel Stratton, Joost Bierens
General Medical Disaster Management:
Ives Hubloue, Moran Bodas
Specific Medical Disaster Management:
Tudor Codreanu, Luca Ragazzoni
Disaster Mental Health:
Melissa Horlait, Michel Dückers
Education and Training in Disaster Medicine:
Luca Ragazzoni, Ives Hubloue
Complex Humanitarian Emergencies:
Gerlant Van Berlaer, Luca Ragazzoni, Olivier Hagon
Legal and Ethical Aspects of Disaster Medicine:
Donal O'Mathùna, Adamu Addissie


  • Jeffrey Franc, University of Alberta, Canada
  • Charles Stewart, University of Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
  • Hakan Altintas, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey
  • Irene Pereira, ReGEDiM, Brussels, Belgium
  • Luca Ragazzoni, CRIMEDIM, Novara, Italy
  • Gerlant Van Berlaer, ReGEDiM, Brussels, Belgium
  • Tudor Codreanu, ReGEDiM, Brussels, Belgium
  • Marcel Van der Auwera, ReGEDiM, Brussels, Belgium
  • Davide Colombo, CRIMEDIM, Novara, Italy
  • Francesco Della Corte, CRIMEDIM, Novara, Italy
  • Ives Hubloue, ReGEDiM, Brussels, Belgium
  • Donal O'Mathùna, University of Dublin, Ireland
  • Olivier Hagon, Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève, Switzerland
  • Leticia Bertuzzi, CRIMEDIM, Novara, Italy
  • Ahmadreza Djalali, CRIMEDIM, Novara, Italy
  • Joost Bierens, ReGEDiM, Brussels, Belgium
  • Kris Spaepen, ReGEDiM, Brussels, Belgium
  • Moran Bodas, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Laura Fregonese, London, UK
  • Flavio Salio, WHO, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Sonia Peyrassol, MSF, Brussels, Belgium
  • Alba Ripoll Gallardo, CRIMEDIM, Novara, Italy
  • Massimo Azzaretto, CRIMEDIM, Novara, Italy
  • Eric Weinstein, CRIMEDIM, Novara, Italy
  • Michel Debacker, ReGEDiM, Brussels, Belgium
  • Lina Echeverri, CRIMEDIM, Novara, Italy
  • Michel Dückers, NIVEL, Netherlands
  • Melissa Horlait, ReGEDiM, Brussels, Belgium
  • Adamu Addissie, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
  • James Lee, MSF, Brussels, Belgium


  • Carl Schultz, University of California, Irvine, US
  • Samuel Stratton, University of California, Los Angeles, US
  • Frederick M. Burkle Jr., Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, US
  • Rudi Coninx, WHO, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Pinchas Halpern, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Kristi Koenig, University of California, San Diego, US
  • Virginia Murray, Public Health England, UK
  • Jacob Peleg, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel


  • Franco Foti, CRIMEDIM, Novara, Italy
  • Trevor Jain, EMDM_A, Novara, Italy
  • Massimo Azzaretto, CRIMEDIM, Novara, Italy
  • Eric Weinstein, CRIMEDIM, Novara, Italy
  • Roberta Marino, CRIMEDIM, Novara, Italy
  • Johannes Zeller, EMDM_A, Novara, Italy
  • Laura Weingarten, EMDM_A, Novara, Italy
  • Mick Molloy, EMDM_A, Novara, Italy
  • Manuela Verde, EMDM_A, Novara, Italy


  • Franco Foti, CRIMEDIM, Novara, Italy
  • Federico Merlo, CRIMEDIM, Novara, Italy
  • Marta Caviglia, CRIMEDIM, Novara, Italy
  • Sophie Pauwels, ReGEDiM, Brussels, Belgium
  • Marcelo Dell'Aringa, CRIMEDIM, Novara, Italy


  • Marco Tengattini, CRIMEDIM, Novara, Italy
  • Alessandro Costa, CRIMEDIM, Novara, Italy
  • Andrea Conti, CRIMEDIM, Novara, Italy

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